Network Environment and Response to Uncertainty

Performance Gaps and Definition of the Innovation
  • Mary L. Fennell
  • Richard B. Warnecke
Part of the Environment, Development, and Public Policy book series (EDPP)


Early in Chapter 1 we argued that organizational networks develop in social environments or communities, and network forms reflect the characteristics of these environments. In other words, the ecology into which the diffusion process is introduced influences how the need for the innovation is defined, the form the innovation must take if it is to be accepted, the type of channel through which it is diffused, and how the innovation is introduced through these channels.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary L. Fennell
    • 1
  • Richard B. Warnecke
    • 2
  1. 1.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.University of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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