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Diversity of knowledge in patent co-authorship networks – case studies in the Victorian biotechnology industry

Adel Moslehi (Faculty of Information Technology and Engineering, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Henry Linger (Faculty of Information Technology and Engineering, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Kerry Tanner (Faculty of Information Technology and Engineering, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

VINE

ISSN: 0305-5728

Article publication date: 4 November 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to understand the role of k-networks in knowledge creation, as existing literature argues that network structure does not provide sufficient explanation per se. This paper proposed diversity as an important construct to explain knowledge creation in SMEs’ k-networks.

Design/methodology/approach

First, by reviewing the literature, this paper proposes a hypothesis that predicts a positive association of content and knowledge creation. Then, focusing on patent co-authorship networks of the biotechnology industry in Victoria, this research used an explanatory multiple case study approach to test the formulated hypothesis.

Findings

By introducing new constructs, the results provide more insight on the positive association of knowledge content and knowledge creation. Based on the emergent constructs, rival hypotheses are also developed for further research.

Originality/value

Beyond the role of network structure, which has dominated the knowledge network literature, this research highlights how other factors like knowledge diversity are needed to be consider.

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Citation

Moslehi, A., Linger, H. and Tanner, K. (2014), "Diversity of knowledge in patent co-authorship networks – case studies in the Victorian biotechnology industry", VINE, Vol. 44 No. 4, pp. 496-518. https://doi.org/10.1108/VINE-05-2014-0032

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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