***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** > 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 > > _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.