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Entrepreneurial networks and open innovation: the role of strategic and embedded ties

Huggins, Robert ORCID: and Thompson, Piers 2017. Entrepreneurial networks and open innovation: the role of strategic and embedded ties. Industry and Innovation 24 (4) , pp. 403-435. 10.1080/13662716.2016.1255598

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This paper considers the open innovation paradigm in the context of entrepreneurial firms. Based on an analysis of survey data, it examines the relationship between network ties and innovation. These are considered as the strategic network ties associated with open innovation and the embedded ties associated with entrepreneurial networks. It is found that both strategic and embedded ties are significantly associated with rates of innovation for entrepreneurial firms, although for the former this relationship is driven by a minority of larger or highly innovative firms. Strategic ties are most strongly linked to product and organisational innovations, whilst process innovations are more related to embedded network ties. There is some evidence of complementarity in the two knowledge sources, although not for firm types. It is concluded that in the entrepreneurial context, the open innovation concept should be broadened to encompass the role performed by embedded network ties.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Networks, Open Innovation
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge
ISSN: 1366-2716
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 November 2016
Date of Acceptance: 27 October 2016
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2023 17:15

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