Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2018 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Innovator Networks

  • Mario Vincenzo TomaselloEmail author
  • Frank Schweitzer
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-7131-2_368



Architectural control

Refers to innovation in high-technology systems and measures how the control over the architecture of the final product is concentrated within the hand of one (or few) agents (Prybeck et al. 1991). A concentrated architectural control can be found, for instance, in a high-tech industry where a dominant standard interface incorporates proprietary elements, such as telecommunications networks


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

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...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chair of Systems DesignETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Ernst & Young, Fraud Investigation and Dispute ServicesZurichSwitzerland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jacob Dijkstra
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and MethodologyUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands