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The effect of alliance block membership on innovative performance


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  • Geert Duysters
  • John Hagedoorn
  • Charmianne Lemmens


[eng] The role of social networks in innovation diffusion remains a strategic question. In former works, we have introduced a relational learning, based on hebbian rule, that leads to a critical state, in which few agents reach structural positions of opinion leaders. In this paper, we show that the self-organization of an influence network, through social learning, is not a monotonie process, from the point of view of structural characteristics as well as of its diffusion performances. The notion of intermediarity, which derives directly from the concept of network, appears necessary to decrypt this evolution. By introducing the role of "weak ties" in the diverse diffusion regimes it is then possible to bring a new understan-ding of the phenomenon. [fre] Cet article explore la relation entre appartenance à un bloc d'alliance et performance d'innovation dans un réseau inter-organisationnel à base technologique, dans une perspective longitudinale. L'appartenance à un bloc d'alliance ou à un sous-groupe cohésif de firmes peut être considérée comme l'une des formes les plus solides de l'encastrement social. On peut attendre que la performance d'innovation d'une firme soit dépendante de sa position dans différentes configurations de réseau dans lesquelles elle est impliquée, ainsi que de la nature, radicale ou incrémentale, du changement technique. Après avoir discuté de ces diverses inter-dépendances, nous mettrons en évidence quelques propositions de base sur les effets de l'appartenance à un bloc d'alliance sur la performance d'innovation selon les conditions prévalantes du changement technique.

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Article provided by Programme National Persée in its journal Revue d'économie industrielle.

Volume (Year): 103 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 59-70

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Handle: RePEc:prs:recind:rei_0154-3229_2003_num_103_1_3108

Note: DOI:10.3406/rei.2003.3108
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  1. García-Canal, Esteban & Sánchez-Lorda, Pablo, 2007. "One more only if it is one of us. The number of partners and the stock market reaction to domestic and international alliance formation in EU telecom firms," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 16(1), pages 83-108, February.
  2. Lim, A., 2003. "Inter-firm Alliances during Pre-standardization in ICT," Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS) working paper series 03.03, Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS).
  3. Lim, A., 2002. "Standards Setting Processes in ICT: The Negotiations Approach," Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS) working paper series 02.19, Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS).
  4. Keizer, J.A. & Vos, J.P., 2003. "Diagnosing risks in new product development," Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS) working paper series 03.11, Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS).


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