Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2014 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Innovator Networks

  • Mario Vincenzo Tomasello
  • Moritz Müller
  • Frank Schweitzer
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6170-8_368



Innovation System (IS)

An analytical framework aimed at understanding how innovation is produced in a complex system of interacting agents. The IS approach, introduced by Lundvall (1985), is now especially used to study innovation at national or regional level


Relationships in an innovation system span across very different kinds of agents, ranging from firms to scientists. In addition, each agent is endowed with specific features and a unique knowledge base

Technological Dynamism and Uncertainty

In a rapidly changing technology environment where knowledge often has a tacit component and is strongly distributed over agents, collaborations become a central component of the innovation strategy (Tushman and Rosenkopf 1992). Moreover, collaborations mitigate uncertainty about the direction of technological change. Innovators share risks when they...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Vincenzo Tomasello
    • 1
  • Moritz Müller
    • 1
  • Frank Schweitzer
    • 1
  1. 1.Chair of Systems Design, ETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland