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The relative value of the division versus duplication of network ties for innovation performance

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Title: The relative value of the division versus duplication of network ties for innovation performance
Authors: Ter Wal, ALJ
Criscuolo, P
McEvily, B
Salter, A
Item Type: Conference Paper
Abstract: Exploiting a unique setting of R&D technologists and managers in a large multinational who are “partnered-up” in their pursuit of innovation, this paper explores under what circumstances technologists and managers benefit from duplicating network ties to the same groups in the organization as their partner, or from dividing the network with their partner by each interacting with different groups. Introducing the concept of network duplication – the extent to which two individuals are tied to the same functional groups inside an organization – this paper aims to build and test a theory of the division versus duplication of networks. It advances our understanding of second-order social capital and its role in the interpretation and influencing aspects of the innovation process by shedding light on how network duplication affects technologists’ and managers’ innovation performance. It finds that the merits of a division versus duplication-of- networks approach are contingent on the mutual interdependence of managers and technologists.
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2018
Date of Acceptance: 1-Jul-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/63761
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2018.95
Publisher: Academy of Management
Journal / Book Title: 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2018
Volume: 2018
Issue: 1
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Sponsor/Funder: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
European Research Council
Commission of the European Communities
Funder's Grant Number: ES/K001159/1
715280 N4I_CLUSTERS ERC-2016-STG
Conference Name: Academy of Management Proceedings
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2018-07-09
Appears in Collections:Imperial College Business School