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Charmianne E.A.V. Lemmens (2004): Innovation in technology alliance networks, 139 pp., Edward Elgar, Cheltenham Northampton, MA, ISBN 1 84376 990 5
An important debate that has been going on in the current alliance and networking literatures evolves around the question of whether high-tech firms embedded in strong, redundant ties or companies involved in weak, non-redundant relations are better positioned for learning and innovation. For the most part, this debate is grounded in the seminal work of Burt (1992, 2001), Coleman (1988), and Granovetter (1973) who have related the characteristics of inter-firm relations (through which high-tech firms gain access to external technical knowledge) to the effectiveness of the learning process.
In his 1988 seminal article, Coleman argued that a dense or closed alliance network based on strong, redundant relationships, i.e. relationships that provide high-tech companies with technological knowledge to which they already have access through their...