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How social capital and knowledge affect innovation


  • Pérez-Luño, Ana
  • Cabello Medina, Carmen
  • Carmona Lavado, Antonio
  • Cuevas Rodríguez, Gloria


This research analyzes the effects of interorganizational links on radical innovation using a comprehensive framework that integrates three research streams: social capital, the knowledge-based view and innovation. Incorporating data from 143 companies of innovative manufacturing and service industries, our results show that while knowledge complexity per se exerts a clear influence on radical innovation, the effect of knowledge tacitness appears only in combination with social capital. Similarly, the mere existence of strong cooperation agreements (relational social capital) does not guarantee more radical innovations, only when combining high levels of social capital with tacit knowledge does this antecedent produce more radical innovation.

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  • Pérez-Luño, Ana & Cabello Medina, Carmen & Carmona Lavado, Antonio & Cuevas Rodríguez, Gloria, 2011. "How social capital and knowledge affect innovation," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 64(12), pages 1369-1376.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbrese:v:64:y:2011:i:12:p:1369-1376
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2011.01.014

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