Innovation Networks: Theory and Practice (New Horizons in the Economics of Innovation Series)
By: Gunter Kuppers (editor), Andreas Pyka (editor)Hardback
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This book presents a broad overview of the multifaceted phenomena of innovation networks, which have assumed increasing importance with the emergence of the so-called "knowledge economy". The topic of innovation networks is analyzed through different lenses, bringing together the theory of self-organization, complexity theory and recent developments in the economic and sociological literature on innovation. The aim of this book is the integration of these different perspectives in order to develop a common theory of innovation networks. In this respect, a general model of innovation networks is applied to different industrial sectors such as the biotechnology industry, the telecommunications industry and knowledge-intensive business systems which form the backbone of the internet economy. By combining empirical case studies with theoretical work on the emergence of innovation networks, the authors are able to identify the mechanisms and circumstances which can contribute to their successful development and evaluation.
"Innovation Networks" is the result of a two year collaboration between academics from a range of different disciplines including thoeretical physics, political science, computer science, sociology and economics. As such it should appeal to students, scholars and researchers in all of these fields as well as business and R&D managers, and policymakers and politicians involved in the promotion of technology policy.
Part 1 Theoretical background: the self-organization of innovation networks - introductory remarks, Gunter Kuppers and Andreas Pyka; complexity, self-organization and innovation networks - a new theoretical approach, Gunter Kuppers. Part 2 Case studies: innovation networks by design - the case of mobile VCE, Janet Vaux and Nigel Gilbert; innovation networks in the biotechnology-based sectors, Andreas Pyka and Paolo Saviotti; the role of knowledge-intensive business services (KIBS) in e-commerce, Paul Windrum; innovation networks and the transformation of large socio-technical systems - the case of combined heat and power technology, K. Matthias Weber. Part 3 Simulation: simulating innovation networks, Andreas Pyka et al; evaluating innovation networks, Petra Ahrweiler et al. Part 4 Conclusions: conclusions, Gunter Kuppers and Andreas Pyka.
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