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Intraorganizational Networks, Interorganizational Networks, and the Impact of Central Inventors: A Longitudinal Study of Pharmaceutical Firms

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  • Srikanth Paruchuri

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This paper proposes that a mechanism through which a firm's location in the interorganizational network influences the firm's internal innovation activities is modifying the amount of information flowing within the firm. Exploring a firm's internal innovation activities, I hypothesized that structural centrality of an inventor in the intrafirm coinventing network is associated with her impact on her firm's innovation activities in an inverted-U-shape relation. I further hypothesized that this relationship is moderated by the firm's centrality and span of structural holes in the interfirm network. I found strong support for these hypotheses in a longitudinal study of eight large pharmaceutical firms. The findings in this paper, apart from having managerial implications, have implications for research on alliances, network studies, and innovation processes.

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  • Srikanth Paruchuri, 2010. "Intraorganizational Networks, Interorganizational Networks, and the Impact of Central Inventors: A Longitudinal Study of Pharmaceutical Firms," Organization Science, INFORMS, vol. 21(1), pages 63-80, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ororsc:v:21:y:2010:i:1:p:63-80
    DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1080.0414
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