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
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Task contingency perspective on corporate social capital in organizations.
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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, 502–517.
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 Business
research paper no. 1585.
"'R' Meets 'D' on the Web," Jane Linder, R&D Magazine, August 2001
Long version available at http://www.accenture.com/isc
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 Research
Walter W. Powell (1996) "Inter-organizational collaboration in the
biotechnology industry," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics,
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
context: Structural influences and receipt of information benefits. IEEE
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
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: http://wizard.ucr.edu/~rhannema/networks/text/biblio.html
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 online: http://www.ub.rug.nl/eldoc/dis/ppsw/u.matzat/
Rojo, Alejandra and Ragsdale, R. G. 1997. "A Process Perspective on Participation in Scholarly Electronic Forums." Science Communication 4:320-341.
-----. 1997. "Participation in Electronic Forums: Implications
for the Design and Implementation of Collaborative Distributed Multimedia."
Telematics and Informatics 1:83-96.
SNA/ONA in research lab: http://www.orgnet.com/knowledge_maps.html
SNA/ONA in high tech org: http://www.orgnet.com/experts.html
Anecdotal stories: http://www.cos.com/