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Network embeddedness and the exploration of novel technologies: technological distance, betweenness centrality and density

  • Victor Gilsing
  • Bart Noteboom
  • Wim Vanhaverbeke
  • Geert Duysters
  • Ad van Noord

In this paper we analyze the innovative performance of alliance networks as a function of the technological distance between partners, a firm's network position (centrality) and total network density.We study how these three elements of an alliance network, apart and in combination, affect the 'twin tasks' in exploration, namely novelty creation on the one hand and its efficient absorption on the other hand.For an empirical test, we study technology-based alliance networks in the pharmaceutical, chemical and automotive industry.

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Paper provided by Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies in its series Working Papers with number 06-08.

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Date of creation: Apr 2006
Date of revision: Apr 2006
Handle: RePEc:ein:tuecis:0608
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