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INTER-ORGANIZATIONAL NETWORKS AND INNOVATION IN SMALL, KNOWLEDGE-INTENSIVE FIRMS: A LITERATURE REVIEW

Jan Inge Jenssen () and Erlend Nybakk ()
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Jan Inge Jenssen: Centre of Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Department of Economics and Business Administration, University of Agder, Servicebox 422. 4604 Kristiansand, Norway
Erlend Nybakk: Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Pb 115, NO-1431 AAs, Norway

International Journal of Innovation Management (ijim), 2013, vol. 17, issue 02, 1-27

Abstract: A growing body of research acknowledges that inter-organizational networks greatly influence a firm's innovation performance. This study extends our understanding of this relationship by considering the effect of inter-organizational networks on innovation in small, knowledge-intensive companies. Based on a literature review, we formulate four propositions regarding the moderating effects of firm size and knowledge intensity on the relationship between inter-organizational networks and innovation, as well as the influence of these factors on the development of the inter-organizational networks themselves.

Keywords: Cooperation; alliances; network diversity; network density; innovativeness; SMEs; knowledge-intensive firms; resource dependency; institutional theory; transaction cost theory (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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