A review and critique of the small worlds hypothesis: The best network structure for innovation

Steen, John, MacAulay, Sam and Kastelle, Tim (2010). A review and critique of the small worlds hypothesis: The best network structure for innovation. In: Peter Maskell, DRUID Summer Conference 2010: Opening Up Innovation: Strategy, Organization and Technology, London, United Kingdom, (1-22). 16-18 June 2010.

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Author Steen, John
MacAulay, Sam
Kastelle, Tim
Title of paper A review and critique of the small worlds hypothesis: The best network structure for innovation
Conference name DRUID Summer Conference 2010: Opening Up Innovation: Strategy, Organization and Technology
Conference location London, United Kingdom
Conference dates 16-18 June 2010
Place of Publication Copenhagen, Denmark
Publisher DRUID Society
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
Editor Peter Maskell
Start page 1
End page 22
Total pages 22
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The properties of social networks have been used to explain the behaviour and performance of diverse economic and social systems. Recently, attention has been given to a class of network structures identified as 'Small-Worlds', due to their apparent efficiency in connecting different actors through short path lengths within a relatively sparse network. Intuitively, such network structures should also be conducive for innovation due to better flows of information and the possibility of new connections between skills and ideas. While there is some evidence for this hypothesis, we urge caution in interpreting the results of small-world studies of innovation and suggest future improvements for empirical research.
Subjects 150307 Innovation and Technology Management
910406 Technological and Organisational Innovation
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes POSTER SESSION PRESENTATION Presented as Paper #501744. Paper to be presented at the Summer Conference 2010 on "Opening Up Innovation: Strategy, Organization and Technology"

 
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