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Knowledge and Networks

  • Johannes Glückler
  • Emmanuel Lazega
  • Ingmar Hammer


  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

  • Presents a novel theoretical and empirical insight in the geography of knowledge

  • Offers an original focus on the intersection of knowledge, social networks and space

  • Contributions by leading experts from multidisciplinary perspectives show how space and networks affect processes of learning

Open Access

Part of the Knowledge and Space book series (KNAS, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Johannes Glückler, Emmanuel Lazega, Ingmar Hammer
    Pages 1-21 Open Access
  3. Knowledge About Networks

  4. Network Evolution and Social Outcomes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Laura Prota, Maria Prosperina Vitale, Maria Rosaria D’Esposito
      Pages 169-190 Open Access
    3. Martin Kilduff, Ajay Mehra, Dennis A. (Denny) Gioia, Stephen Borgatti
      Pages 221-240 Open Access
  5. Network Geographies of Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Satyam Mukherjee, Brian Uzzi, Benjamin F. Jones, Michael Stringer
      Pages 243-267 Open Access
    3. Johannes Glückler, Ingmar Hammer
      Pages 269-290 Open Access
    4. Christopher Ansell, Martin Lundin, Per Ola Öberg
      Pages 315-336 Open Access

About this book


This book discusses a core question in many fields of the social sciences, namely how to create, share and adopt new knowledge. It creates an original space for conversation between two lines of research that have developed largely in parallel for a long time: social network theory and the geography of knowledge. This book considers that relational thinking has become increasingly important for scholars to capture societal outcomes by studying social relations and networks, whereas the role of place, space and spatial scales has been somewhat neglected outside an emergent geography of knowledge.

The individual contributions help integrate network arguments of connectivity, geographical arguments of contiguity and contextuality into a more comprehensive understanding of the ways in which people and organizations are constrained by and make use of space and networks for learning and innovation. Experts in the fields of geography, sociology, economics, political science, psychology, management and organizational studies develop conceptual models and propose empirical research that illustrates the ways in which networks and geography play together in processes of innovation, learning, leadership, and power.

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.


Knowledge and networks Geography of knowledge Social Network Analysis Network theory Innovation

Editors and affiliations

  • Johannes Glückler
    • 1
  • Emmanuel Lazega
    • 2
  • Ingmar Hammer
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Department of SociologyInstitutd’ Etudes Politiques de Paris (SPC) and and Centre for the Sociology of Organizations (CNRS)ParisFrance
  3. 3.Department of GeographyUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

About the editors

Johannes Glückler is Professor of Economic and Social Geography and Fellow of the Marsilius Center of Advanced Studies at Heidelberg University. His research follows a relational perspective and builds on theories of organization, networks and institutions in the analysis of the space economy. He serves on several boards of journals in the field of economic geography as well as a partner of the Schader Foundation in the area of social network research. As part of the European ERASMUS Teaching Mobility program, he is a regular visiting professor at the University of Salamanca. He is also co-founder of the M.Sc. Governance of Risks and Resources at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America in Santiago de Chile. He recently co-authored, with Harald Bathelt, The Relational Economy, Oxford University Press, 2011.

Emmanuel Lazega is professor of sociology at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, a membre of the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (CNRS), and current president of the European Academy of Sociology. His current research focuses on the dynamics of multilevel (individual and organizational) networks. He recently co-edited, with Tom A.B. Snijders, Multilevel Network Analysis for the Social Sciences: Theory, Methods and Applications, Springer, 2016. 

Ingmar Hammer is research associate at the University of Heidelberg. He studied geography, business and GIS at the University of Stuttgart and wrote his diploma thesis on innovation networks in biotechnology. Furthermore, Ingmar Hammer has worked in various companies in the high-tech sector. Among his research interests are innovation and business networks, methods of the social network analysis and their application to the analysis of business networks as well as geographies of services.

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