In this article we first provide a brief introduction into social network analysis, focusing on the measures and approaches that are used in the empirical contributions in this special issue. Second, we discuss the role of social networks in new product development. Social networks are inherently multilevel; we consider four “levels”: networks inside a firm, networks that cross firm boundaries, networks between firms, and networks that reside outside of the firm. Third, we discuss these four levels and highlight some of the extant research. We summarize and position the eight papers in this special issue along these four levels. Together, we argue, these papers provide an interesting coverage of this burgeoning field.
- Loughborough University London
Published inJournal of Product Innovation Management
Pages123 - 131
CitationDOLFSMA, W. and LEENDERS, R., 2016. Social networks for innovation and new product development. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 33(2), pp. 123-131.
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NotesThis is the peer reviewed version of the following article: DOLFSMA, W. and LEENDERS, R., 2016. Social networks for innovation and new product development. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 33(2), pp. 123-131, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpim.12292. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.