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How can I obtain a copy of Fernandez and Gould's original work on
brokerage roles?

Thanks,

Steve Levin

-----Original Message-----
From: Aalbers.Rick [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, September 26, 2003 8:27 AM
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Subject: brokerage roles

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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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