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Organizational Learning in Innovation Networks: Exploring the Role of Cognitive Distance and Absorptive Capacity

An Agent-Based Model

"Social Science Simulations"  · volume 12

227 pages ·  44.80 EUR (incl. VAT and Free shipping)
ISBN 978-3-7316-1136-3 (April 2015 )

Format 24 x 17 cm

 
 

The ability to innovate is in many industries key for firms' competitiveness and success. However, a large variety of resources, most notably knowledge, is necessary for successfully generating new ideas and innovations. This increasingly induces firms to collaborate with partners in innovation networks in order to access new knowledge outside their firm boundaries. This thesis analyzes the interplay of inter-organizational (in terms of cognitive distance between organizations) and organizational (in terms of absorptive capacity of an organization) learning in search for innovation (exploration and exploitation), two important levels which have rarely been studied jointly in a single model.

Applying the dynamic, process-oriented method agent-based modeling makes it possible to study these complex learning processes and their interactions which could otherwise only hardly be analyzed in one research setting. Building on a stylized agent-based model of search for knowledge creation and innovation, this thesis explores under which conditions explorative and exploitative search strategies of firms deliver promising results in terms of the generation of novel knowledge. Doing so, the required theoretical rigor in formal modeling is used to advance the understanding of the focal theoretical constructs (cognitive distance and absorptive capacity) which are normally difficult to formalize.

The results show that an exploration strategy clearly benefits from an unrestricted, broad search scope in order to create novel knowledge. On the contrary, in exploitation scenarios the search scope does not significantly influence the knowledge creation performance. This research reveals that managers should carefully select their collaboration partner with whom they want to share knowledge, because their search strategy has a far reaching effect on their exploratory innovation performance. Moreover, this research also indicates that the social environment of the innovation community might have an influential impact on the search for optimal exploration. Thus, managers should carefully select the network in which they want to participate.


the author
Dr. Sandra Schmid
Sandra Schmid promovierte an der Zeppelin Universität (Friedrichshafen) am Lehrstuhl für Innovation, Technologie und Entrepreneurship. Vor ihrer wissenschaftlichen Tätigkeit studierte sie Kulturwirtschaft und Betriebswirtschaftslehre an den Universitäten Passau, Ingolstadt und Memphis (USA). Heute arbeitet Sandra Schmid als Unternehmensberaterin für einen führenden Mobilitäts- und Logistikkonzern.
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