Evolving Networks of Inventors

Cowan, Robin, Jonard, Nicolas and Zimmermann, Jean-Benoit (2004). Evolving Networks of Inventors. UNU-MERIT Research Memoranda. UNU-MERIT.

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    Author Cowan, Robin
    Jonard, Nicolas
    Zimmermann, Jean-Benoit
    Title Evolving Networks of Inventors
    Series Title UNU-MERIT Research Memoranda
    Volume/Issue No. 18
    Publication Date 2004
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Language eng
    Abstract In this paper a model for the formation of strategic alliances is studied. Innovation results from the recombination of knowledge held by the partners to the collaboration, and from the history of their collaboration. Innovation brings partners closer together, while at the same time the repetition of partnerships fosters trust and helps improving the outcome of each round of cooperation. A tension exists between innovating with people I know in order to reduce uncertainty at the expense of the net benefit fromour joint effort, and innovating with strangers with whom the outcome of joint innovation can be greater but at a larger risk of failure. This 'organized proximity', built through the experience of cooperation, can be at the origin of strongly structured networks of innovation, where agents' relations focus on limited cliques of partners.
    Keyword Networks
    Innovation
    Network formation
    Knowledge
    JEL L14
    Z13
    O3
    Copyright Year 2004
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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