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Social capital, exploitative and exploratory innovations: The mediating roles of ego-network dynamics

Yan Yan and JianCheng Guan

Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2018, vol. 126, issue C, 244-258

Abstract: Previous research has considered researchers' social capital as a determinant of innovation. However, how individual social capital affects exploitative and exploratory innovations has not yet been sufficiently addressed. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate what and how social capital affects two types of innovations at the researcher level, by positing and testing ego-network dynamics as important mediators of the social capital–innovation process.

Keywords: Exploratory innovation; Exploitative innovation; Mediation model; Network dynamics; Social capital; Social network (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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