The effect of network tie position on a firm’s innovation performance
Journal of Business Research
This paper investigates the unexplored aspects of network effects considering the position of strong and weak ties, in particular, whether these are adjacent or non-adjacent to a focal firm in a triad network. To examine the effects of a network on a firm’s breakthrough innovation, we develop six configurations of strong and weak ties to explore a theoretical framework how such a network may affect a firm’s breakthrough innovation in terms of knowledge redundancy and relational risks. Further, we found that a firm’s absorptive capacity may significantly moderate such a relationship. Among the implications for network theory is whether a firm’s breakthrough innovation depends on the position and characteristics of networks in a triad relationship.
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Moon, H., Di Benedetto, A., & Kim, S. K. (2022). The effect of network tie position on a firm’s innovation performance. Journal of Business Research, 144, 821–829. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2022.02.035