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How Network Managers Contribute To Innovation Network Performance

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  • JOHANNES LANDSPERGER

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    (EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht – EBS Business School, Rheingaustraße 1, 65375 Oestrich-Winkel, Germany)

  • PATRICK SPIETH

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    (EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht – EBS Business School, Rheingaustraße 1, 65375 Oestrich-Winkel, Germany)

  • SVEN HEIDENREICH

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    (EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht – EBS Business School, Rheingaustraße 1, 65375 Oestrich-Winkel, Germany)

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    Innovation networks that aim at the joint development of products, services or processes represent a particular form of inter-organizational business networks. In order to yield useful results from these collaborations, networks need to be managed thoroughly. By appointing a dedicated network manager to administrate, coordinate, and regulate, the management of tasks is bundled and centralized within a single entity. However, to the best knowledge of the authors, no empirical research has yet been conducted, investigating the impact of a network manager's availability, relevance, and influence on network performance. Using the interaction-oriented network approach as conceptual foundation, we analyze network managers' direct and indirect influence on the network's relational and goal achievement performance. Our results suggest that a network manager enhances innovation network's core management functions, which in turn improve the relational performance (RP). Moreover, RP was found to significantly drive the goal achievement performance (GAP).

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal International Journal of Innovation Management.

    Volume (Year): 16 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 06 ()
    Pages: 1240009-1-1240009-21

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    Keywords: Innovation network; network management; network manager; interaction-oriented network approach; net-level analysis;

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