The impact of innovation brokers on interfirm network evolution
In recent years, the development of the idea of â€œOpen Innovationâ€(Chesbrough, 2004; 2006) lead to the emergence of â€œInnovation brokersâ€ who connect those seeking for solutions with a rather large number of potential knowledge suppliers. In this paper we analyze the implication that the existence of such Innovation brokers has on other organizational interchanges firms may engage in. Specifically, we ask how the inter-organizational network of a particular firm evolves over time if they use an Innovation broker or not. Apart from contributing to both, network theory by shedding light on the evolution of network ties, and the innovation literature by adding to our understanding of how knowledg
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