Social Interaction and Organisational Change: Aston Perspectives on Innovation Networks

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This book provides a detailed, multi-disciplinary analysis of innovation networks in a variety of organisational settings. All the contributors are employed at Aston Business School, which is one of the UK''s foremost institutions in terms of both teaching and research. The book illustrates the way in which innovation networks are formed and sustained in a variety of organisational settings: the public sector, public-private collaboration, national policy level, inter-organisational credit links, as well as the more traditional focus on manufacturing firms. The strength of the network approach is that it encourages detailed analyses of the dyadic links which must be mobilised in the innovation process. At the same time, networks provide a framework for exploring the multiple sources and pluralistic patterns of communication typical of innovatory activity. Therefore, in contrast to much of the innovation network research undertaken in recent years, the focus of this book is as much on notions of OC network as methodOCO as on OC network as phenomenonOCO. Contents: Introduction: Social Interaction and Organisational Change; Micropolitics and Network Mapping: Innovation Management in a Mature Firm; Employing Social Network Mapping to Reveal Tensions Between Informal and Formal Organisation; Organisation; An Economic Perspective on Innovation Networks; Patterns of Networking in the Innovation Process: A Comparative Study of the UK, Germany and Ireland; Shaping Technological Trajectories Through Innovation Networks and Risk Networks: Investigating the Food Sector; Techno-Economic Networks: Technological Transfer via the Teaching Company Scheme; Organisations, Networks, and Learning: A Sociological View; The Innovative Capacity of Voluntary and Non-Profit Organisations: Networks and the External Environment; Innovation Through Postmodern Networks: The Case of Ecoprotestors; Realising the Potential of the Network Perspective in Researching Social Interaction and Innovation. Readership: Academics in innovation studies, policy studies and organisational behaviour/theory."
 

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Contents

Employing Social Network Mapping to
81
An Economic Perspective on Innovation
125
Patterns of Networking in the Innovation
165
Shaping Technological Trajectories through
193
Technological
217
The Innovative Capacity of Voluntary and
287
Realising the Potential of the Network
349
Index
367
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Oswald Jones is Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Fiona Tilley recently left Manchester Metropolitan University to join the School of the Environment at Leeds University as Lecturer in Environment and Business.

Dublin-born STEVE CONWAY started his radio career on a small rock-music pirate station in south London, before moving to Radio Caroline, where he rose to the positions of Head of News and Programme Controller. In 1999, Steve helped relaunch Caroline on satellite, before returning to Dublin, where he is a presenter on Phantom 105.2.

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