The Relative Value of the Division versus Duplication of Network Ties for Innovation Performance

  • 17 Oct 2017

    17:00-18:30, Butler Room, Nuffield College

  • Nuffield Social Networks Seminar   Add to Calendar
Speaker: Anne Ter-Wal

Associate Professor of Technology & Innovation Management at Imperial College Business School, and Chair of Entrepreneurship at ETH Zurich

This event is part of the Nuffield Social Network Seminar Series

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 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 or duplication-of-networks approach are contingent on the mutual interdependence of managers and technologists on each other.

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