Innovation Network Functionality

The Identification and Categorization of Multiple Innovation Networks

  • Thomas¬†Bentivegna

Part of the BestMasters book series (BEST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 91-153

About this book


Regional developers and network administrators are proud of having the largest number of registered network participants and clicks on their internet platform. However, what ultimately counts are the real business contacts that lead to additional sales, sustainable supplier-relationships, or to innovation projects leading to sustainable competitive advantages for companies and regions. Thomas Bentivegna focuses on ad-hoc networks, which are poorly represented in existing network and innovation literature. He identifies, classifies and categorizes different innovation network types operating in 5 European countries (Switzerland, Germany, England, Ireland, and France) based on data collected from 28 firms. He shows how a basic understanding of the types of innovation networks which are operating in North-West Europe, as well as the typical firm profile for each one, can be an effective tool in helping to support the agenda of several different key innovation actors.



  • Ad-hoc Networks
  • Types of Innovation Networks
  • Open Innovation and Knowledge Transfer


Target Groups

  • Researchers and students in the fields of business management and innovation
  • Executives who practice open innovation principles and cooperate in advancing their innovation activities


The Author

Thomas Bentivegna wrote his Master Thesis under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Frank Bau at the Department of New Business at the HTW Chur, Switzerland.


Ad-hoc Networks Innovation Networks Network Transfer Open Innovation

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas¬†Bentivegna
    • 1
  1. 1.HTW ChurChurSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-04578-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-04579-1
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