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Handbook on the Economic Complexity of Technological Change

Handbook on the Economic Complexity of Technological Change

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Edited by Cristiano Antonelli

This comprehensive and innovative Handbook applies the tools of the economics of complexity to analyse the causes and effects of technological and structural change. It grafts the intuitions of the economics of complexity into the tradition of analysis based upon the Schumpeterian and Marshallian legacies.

Chapter 15: Innovation Networks: Formation, Performance and Dynamics

Uwe Cantner and Holger Graf

Subjects: economics and finance, economics of innovation, evolutionary economics, innovation and technology, economics of innovation


Uwe Cantner and Holger Graf 1. INTRODUCTION This chapter refers to work that is concerned with the formation of innovation networks on the one hand and their dynamics and evolution on the other hand. Although the literature on network dynamics is quite rich, considerations of the evolution of innovation networks are still in their beginning. This has to do with the specific concern of innovation networks with information and knowledge exchange among the network participants. The purpose of an innovation network is to exchange knowledge and expertise among cooperating partners. For an understanding of how this works one has to discuss the very nature of knowledge, the incentives of actors to engage in deliberate knowledge exchange, and the dynamic properties of those systems (knowledge dynamics, actor dynamics, and so on) over time. Networks of innovation are strongly related to the notion of collective invention which has been introduced by Allen (1983). In the historical study of the nineteenth century iron and steel industry he shows that innovative success was the result of the cooperative activities of several different actors. Anecdotal evidence found in Allen’s work, in the various studies on Silicon Valley (for example, Saxenian, 1994) or in other success stories of regional innovation (Cooke and Morgan, 1994; Braczyk et al., 1998; Keeble et al., 1999) was enriched by studies on the regional dimension of knowledge flows (Jaffe et al., 1993). Insights into the process of innovation at the firm-level (Kline and Rosenberg, 1986) or the national level (Lundvall, 1992;...

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