How to Build a Network that Facilitates Firm‐level Innovation : An Integration of Structural and Managerial Perspectives

Faculty/Professorship: Innovation Management  
Author(s): Reck, Fabian ; Fliaster, Alexander  ; Kolloch, Michael
Title of the Journal: Journal of management studies : JMS
ISSN: 0022-2380
Publisher Information: Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell
Year of publication: 2021
Volume: 59
Issue: 4
Pages: 998-1031
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1111/joms.12768
In this paper, we examine to what extent the firm’s propensity to be embedded in a network with advantageous structural attributes is driven by its capabilities for network management. Specifically, we discern network management practices on two organizational levels (relationship management (RM) and portfolio management (PM)) and explore their effects on three dimensions of local network structure (network centrality (NC), knowledge complementarity (KC), and tie strength (TS)). To test our hypotheses, we collect sociometric survey data from the largest inter-firm network in the German energy industry. The results indicate that intra-firm processes for network management indeed are key enablers of structural network advantages. Further, we demonstrate that RM and PM exert distinct effects: PM helps the firm improve NC, RM leads to increased TS, and KC results from an additive effect of the two capabilities. In all, our work contributes to theory on strategic networks by providing an integrated perspective on how network structure and network management benefit innovation performance.
GND Keywords: Netzwerkmanagement; Strategisches Management; Innovationsmanagement
Keywords: strategic networks, network structure, network management, organizational capabilities, innovation
DDC Classification: 650 Management & public relations  
RVK Classification: QP 210   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Release Date: 10. January 2022