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Call for Abstracts for the organized session

Networks in Science, Technology, and Innovation

at the conference

Networks in the Global World 2016

Multiple Structures and Dynamics:

Applications of Network Analysis to European Societies and Beyond 

July 1-3, St. Petersburg, Russia

Deadline:  March 1st 2016

Chair: Julia Brennecke, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne

Systems of relations – and thus networks – can be considered as  drivers of science, technology, and innovative change. Well-known examples of successful science, technology and innovation in networks originated in the electronics industries of Silicon Valley in California and Route 128 in Massachusetts; machine-tool, apparel and tile industries in northern Italy; the machine-tools and automotive industries of southern Germany; and others. Experience of the innovation leaders has shown that multiple relational structures between organizations and individuals can provide high levels of diversity, and can be considered as the most favourable condition for knowledge creation, as well as for the emergence and development of innovations. Networks allow their members to get access to diverse information and competencies, enhance organizational learning capabilities, reduce costs, and minimise risks (De Man 2008; Malerba 2009; Johnson 2009). Social network analysis allows to gain an understanding of how the ties allowing collaborative research, technological breakthroughs, and innovation emerge and develop (Rogers 1962; Valente 1995; Powell et al. 1996; Pyka & Küppers 2002; Burt 2005; Tortoriello & Krackhardt 2010). We invite well-grounded contributions based on the traditional social-network perspective that introduce new methods and techniques drawing on the established operationalizations.

Whereas social network analysis has mainly focused on social agents and their relations (Freeman 2004), the network approach to science, technology, and innovation studies (STI) has been multimodal from the beginning. In science studies, “networks of scientific papers” (Price 1965) are organized intellectually at the above-individual level into journals and disciplines; in technology studies, “selection environments” (Nelson & Winter 1982) induce technological trajectories and regimes; and in innovation studies, the focus is on the non-linear interfaces between R&D and markets.

Can the transversal dynamics of innovation be modeled using network analysis? Multimodal networks of what components should be analyzed: words, people, or perhaps ideas? What is evolving in the dynamics of these networks: industries, routines, technologies, markets? How can these multimodal networks be operationalized, both in terms of their complexity as interfaces at each moment of time, and in terms of changing priorities over time? How are the emerging developments socially constructed, and how do the constructs feedback on the constructors themselves? What is the role of latent constructs such as regimes and disciplines? Papers dealing with these issues are particularly welcome.

Please submit your abstract (not exceeding 200 words) here before March 1st 2016.

When submitting, don’t forget to select the session title "Networks in Science, Technology, and Innovation" from the list.

The conference website provides additional information.

We are looking forward to your contributions.

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Dr Julia Brennecke | Postdoctoral Researcher


Centre for Transformative Innovation
Faculty of Business and Law | Swinburne University of Technology

PO Box 218, Mail H25
Hawthorn VIC 3122 Australia
P: +61 3 9214 3792

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