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Call for papers: Special Issue: Innovation Networks

Susanne Gretzinger, University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg
Simon Fietze, University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg
Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg (Germany)

Economic operations and thus innovations are embedded in social relations
and structures.
Therefore, the organizational units that create innovation are not
individual businesses, but usually networks. From a resource point of view,
networks hold a variety of advantages for their members, such as access to
material and immaterial resources, information and knowledge.

Powell et al. (1996), for example, conclude in their study on innovation
behavior in pharmaceutical companies that companies that are not able to
initiate networks or form a cooperation have strategic disadvantages on the
market. In this context, especially small and medium-sized enterprises
(SMEs) are considered to be dependent on the social capital of networks,
because of the limited resources they have under direct control due to
their size.

In the European context national economies are depending very much on SMEs.
Depending on definition the companies of the European economies are
consisting between 70 and 95 % of small or medium-sized companies. While
huge companies are hosting all the resources, which are in need to set up
innovation capabilities themselves, SME are depending much more on
cooperation compared to huge companies. Furthermore SMEs do have to take
higher risks into account when cooperating with other partners. Huge
companies do have much better possibilities just to buy in complementary
resources while SMEs have to develop trustful relationship to prevent
losing their competitive edge or from dropping into the trap of the dark
side of social capital.

The importance of innovation for national economies has motivated policy
makers to promote innovation capabilities of their economies and therewith
the circumstances of SMEs. To promote economically relevant information to
SMEs, the public sector provides specific advisory services. From strategic
management’s point of view, the involvement of cooperation partners and
intermediaries is on the one hand necessary but on the other hand
accompanied by the risk of losing specific knowledge to the business
In this special issue, we would like to discuss innovation networks of
businesses – in particular SMEs – from a social network analysis (SNA)
perspective. Theoretical and conceptual contributions as well as empirical
work linking innovation networks of businesses and SNA are of interest.

Full papers for this special edition of ‘management revue’ must be with the
editors by October 31st, 2013. All submissions will be subject to a double
blind review process. Papers invited for a ‘revise and resubmit’ are due on
January 31st, 2014. It is anticipated that the special edition will appear
as Issue No. 2 in 2014. Please submit your papers electronically via the
journal submission system at using
‘Innovation Networks’ as article

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Susanne Gretzinger ([log in to unmask])
Simon Fietze ([log in to unmask])
Wenzel Matiaske ([log in to unmask])

Dr. Simon Fietze
Gärtnerstraße 67 * 20253 Hamburg
+49 170 4125828

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