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Knowledge and Networks

  • 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

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

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Exploring the Interaction of Space and Networks in the Creation of Knowledge: An Introduction

    • Johannes Glückler, Emmanuel Lazega, Ingmar Hammer
    Pages 1-21Open Access
  3. Network Evolution and Social Outcomes

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 117-117
    2. Topology and Evolution of Collaboration Networks: The Case of a Policy-Anchored District

      • Laura Prota, Maria Prosperina Vitale, Maria Rosaria D’Esposito
      Pages 169-190Open Access
    3. Brokering Trust to Enhance Leadership: A Self-Monitoring Approach to Leadership Emergence

      • Martin Kilduff, Ajay Mehra, Dennis A. (Denny) Gioia, Stephen Borgatti
      Pages 221-240Open Access
  4. Network Geographies of Learning

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 241-241
    2. How Atypical Combinations of Scientific Ideas Are Related to Impact: The General Case and the Case of the Field of Geography

      • Satyam Mukherjee, Brian Uzzi, Benjamin F. Jones, Michael Stringer
      Pages 243-267Open Access
    3. Connectivity in Contiguity: Conventions and Taboos of Imitation in Colocated Networks

      • Johannes Glückler, Ingmar Hammer
      Pages 269-290Open Access
    4. Learning Networks Among Swedish Municipalities: Is Sweden a Small World?

      • Christopher Ansell, Martin Lundin, Per Ola Öberg
      Pages 315-336Open 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

  • Department of Geography, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

    Johannes Glückler, Ingmar Hammer

  • Department of Sociology, Institutd’ Etudes Politiques de Paris (SPC) and and Centre for the Sociology of Organizations (CNRS), Paris, France

    Emmanuel Lazega

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.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Knowledge and Networks

  • Editors: Johannes Glückler, Emmanuel Lazega, Ingmar Hammer

  • Series Title: Knowledge and Space

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-45022-3Published: 13 January 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-83189-3Published: 14 July 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-45023-0Published: 05 January 2017

  • Series ISSN: 1877-9220

  • Series E-ISSN: 2543-0580

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 386

  • Number of Illustrations: 16 b/w illustrations, 29 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Human Geography, Innovation and Technology Management, Economic Geography, Sociology of Knowledge and Discourse

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)