A number of people have asked to see a summary of the responses to my
posting on social networks in R&D, so I am providing one below.

Thanks very much to everyone -- I appreciate all the excellent leads.


Summary of References from SocNet Posting on Social Networks in R&D

Greve A & Salaff J (2001). The development of corporate social capital
complex innovation processes. In S Gabbay & R Leenders (eds.): Social
capital of organizations. Research in the sociology of organizations,

Hansen M, Podolny J & Pfeffer J (2001). So many ties, so little time: A
Task contingency perspective on corporate social capital in
In S Gabbay & R Leenders (eds.): Social capital of organizations.
in the sociology of organizations, Vol 18.

Reagans R & Zuckerman E (2001). Networks, Diversity, and Productivity:
Social Capital of Corporate R&D Teams. Organization Science 12:4,

Reagans, Ray (CMU org behavior and theory) and Ezra Zuckerman (Stanford
GSB strategy) (1999) "Networks, diversity, and performance: the social
of corporate R&D units."  Stanford University Graduate School of
research paper no. 1585.

"'R' Meets 'D' on the Web," Jane Linder, R&D Magazine, August 2001
Long version available at

Gabbay, Shaul M. (political science) and Ezra W. Zuckerman (Stanford
(1998) "Social capital and opportunity in corporate R&D: The contingent
effect of contact density on mobility expectations." Social Science
27: 189-217.

Walter W. Powell (1996) "Inter-organizational collaboration in the
biotechnology industry," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical

Antonio J. Bailetti, John R. Callahan and Sean McCluskey (1998)
"Coordination at different stages of the product design process," R&D
Management, 28(4), October

Rice, R.E., Collins-Jarvis, L. & Zydney-Walker, S. (1999). Individual
structural influences on information technology helping relationships.
Journal of Applied Communication Research, 27(4), 285-303.

Cross, R., Rice, R.E. & Parker, A. (2001).  Information seeking in
context: Structural influences and receipt of information benefits.
Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics-Part C, 31(4), 438-448.

E. Jin, M Girvan and M.E. Newman, The structure of growing social

Networks of Innovation : Vaccine Development at Merck, Sharp and Dohme,
and Mulford,  1895-1995 by Louis Galambos and Jane Eliot Sewell

Bibliography on Social Network Analysis:

Teigland, R., Fey, C. F., & Birkenshaw, J. (2000). Knowledge
dissemination in global R&D operations: An empirical study of
multinationals in the high technology electronics industry. Management
International Review: Journal of International Business(Special Issue
2000/1), 49-77.

Teigland, R., & Wasko, M. (2003). Integrating Knowledge Through
Information Trading: Examining the Impact of Boundary-spanning
Communication on Individual Performance. Decision Sciences(Special issue
on knowledge management (forthcoming)).

Wasko, M. M., & Teigland, R. (2002). The provision of online public
goods: examining social structure in a network of practice. Paper
presented at the 23rd International Conference on Information Systems,
Barcelona, Spain.

Jarvenpaa, Sirkka L. and Leidner, Dorothy E. 2000. "Communication and
Trust in Global Virtual Teams." Organization Science 6:791-815.

Johnson, Christopher M. 2001. "A Survey of Current Research on Online
Communities of Practice." Internet and Higher Education 45-60.

Matzat, Uwe. 2001. Social Networks and Cooperation in Electronic
Communities: A Theoretical-Empirical Analysis of Academic Communication
and Internet Discussion Groups. Amsterdam: Thela Publishers. also

Rojo, Alejandra and Ragsdale, R. G. 1997. "A Process Perspective on
Participation in Scholarly Electronic Forums." Science Communication

 -----. 1997. "Participation in Electronic Forums: Implications for the
Design and Implementation of Collaborative Distributed Multimedia."
Telematics and Informatics 1:83-96.

Consulting projects:
SNA/ONA in research lab:
SNA/ONA in high tech org:

Anecdotal stories: