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Network embeddedness in exploration and exploitation joint R&D projects: a structural approach

Arranz, Nieves and Fernandez De Arroyabe Arranz, Marta and Fernandez De Arroyabe Fernandez, Juan Carlos (2018) 'Network embeddedness in exploration and exploitation joint R&D projects: a structural approach.' British Journal of Management. ISSN 1045-3172

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Abstract

This paper analyses how network embeddedness affects exploration and exploitation R&D project performance. By developing joint projects, partners and projects are linked to one another and form a network that generates social capital. We examine how the location, which determines the access to information and knowledge within a network of relationships, affects the performance of projects. We consider this question in the setup of exploration and exploitation projects, using a database built from an EU Framework. We find that each of the structural´ embeddedness dimensions (degree, betweenness and eigenvector centrality) have a different impact on the exploration and exploitation project performance. Our empirical analysis extends to project management literature, and social capital theory, by including the effect that the acquisition of external knowledge has on the performance of the project.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Management Science and Entrepreneurship Group
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2019 16:04
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23625

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