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>       Dear SOCNET people,
>
>       Looking at the brokerage theory, I noticed that most of the time the
> importance of brokerage is highlighted as being essential for organization
> wide innovation. However, the importance of the different kind of
> brokerage roles (gatekeeper, liaison, coordinator -as def. by fernandez
> and gould) seems to be neglected in the literature.
>
>       Q1): does anyone know any articles that deal specifically with this
> topic; the importance of the various brokerage roles from an innovation
> and knowledge sharing point of view?
>
>       Q2): Is there  literature on  the combination of these roles to
> achieve effective knwoledge sharing as basis for innovation?
>
>       I would like to argue that gatekeepers are not as effective as
> liaisons for increasing the innovative output of the organization. Main
> reason is that the role of eg. gatekeepers implies a main interest ino
> only increasing the innovation level of their affiliated division.  Truly
> independent brokers, like liaisons are more useful for inproving the
> organization wide level of innovation.Reason is for instance that they
> have more flexibility in choosing the problems to work on and the
> solutions to draw from, and  thereby  increasing the set of possible
>       innovative combinations they can pursue.
>
>
>       Please let me know. I appreciate your help a lot.
>
>       Kind regards,
>
>       Rick Aalbers
>
>

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