Innovation Networks: Managing the networked organization

Innovation Networks: Managing the networked organization

By Rick Aalbers and Wilfred Dolfsma

This book explains networks and how managers and organizations can navigate them to produce successful strategic innovation outcomes. This book provides an actionable set of tools, lessons and recommendations for rewiring the firm toward profitable innovation. Detailed case analyses are presented to illustrate the problems, solutions and issues that the decision-maker faces when implementing innovation.

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Publisher: Routledge
Publish Date: 06/03/2015
Pages: 180
ISBN-13: 9781138796973
ISBN-10: 1138796972
Language: English

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Organizations are complex social systems that are not easy to understand, yet they must be managed if a company is to succeed. This book explains networks and how managers and organizations can navigate them to produce successful strategic innovation outcomes. Although managers are increasingly aware of the importance of social relations for the inner-workings of the organization, they often lack insights and tools to analyze, influence or even create these networks.

This book draws on insights from social network theory; insights sharpened by research in a number of different empirical settings including production, engineering, financial services, consulting, food processing, and R&D/hi-tech organizations and alternates between offering critical real business examples and more rigorous analysis.

This concise book is vital reading for students of business and management as well as managers and executives.

About the Author

Rick (H. L. ) Aalbers is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Radboud University, Nijmegen School of Management and affiliated with the Institute of Management Research, the Netherlands.

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