This book presents a broad overview of the multifaceted phemena of invation networks, which have assumed increasing importance with the emergence of the so-called 'kwledge ecomy'. The topic of invation networks is analysed through different lenses, bringing together the theory of self-organisation, complexity theory and recent developments in the ecomic and sociological literature on invation. The aim of the book is the integration of these different perspectives in order to develop a common theory of invation networks. In this respect, a general model of invation networks is applied to different industrial sectors such as the biotechlogy industry, the telecommunications industry, and kwledge-intensive business systems which form the backbone of the internet ecomy. By combining empirical case studies with theoretical work on the emergence of invation networks, the authors are able to identify the mechanisms and circumstances which can contribute to their successful development and evaluation. Invation Networks is the result of a two year collaboration between academics from a range of different disciplines including theoretical physics, political science, computer science, sociology and ecomics. As such, it will appeal to students, scholars and researchers in all of these fields as well as business and R&D managers, and policymakers and politicians involved in the promotion of techlogy policy.
Edited by Andreas Pyka, Professor and Chair in Innovation Economics, University of Hohenheim, Germany and Gunter Kuppers, Director, Institute for Science and Technology Studies, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Date of Publication
Technology: General & Reference
New Horizons in the Economics of Innovation Series