Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Johannes Glückler, Emmanuel Lazega, Ingmar Hammer
    Pages 1-21 Open Access
  3. Knowledge About Networks

  4. Network Evolution and Social Outcomes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Laura Prota, Maria Prosperina Vitale, Maria Rosaria D’Esposito
      Pages 169-190 Open Access
    3. Martin Kilduff, Ajay Mehra, Dennis A. (Denny) Gioia, Stephen Borgatti
      Pages 221-240 Open Access
  5. Network Geographies of Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Satyam Mukherjee, Brian Uzzi, Benjamin F. Jones, Michael Stringer
      Pages 243-267 Open Access
    3. Johannes Glückler, Ingmar Hammer
      Pages 269-290 Open Access
    4. Christopher Ansell, Martin Lundin, Per Ola Öberg
      Pages 315-336 Open Access
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 373-386

About this book


This book discusses a core question in many fields of the social sciences, namely how to create, share and adopt new knowledge. It creates an original space for conversation between two lines of research that have developed largely in parallel for a long time: social network theory and the geography of knowledge. This book considers that relational thinking has become increasingly important for scholars to capture societal outcomes by studying social relations and networks, whereas the role of place, space and spatial scales has been somewhat neglected outside an emergent geography of knowledge.

The individual contributions help integrate network arguments of connectivity, geographical arguments of contiguity and contextuality into a more comprehensive understanding of the ways in which people and organizations are constrained by and make use of space and networks for learning and innovation. Experts in the fields of geography, sociology, economics, political science, psychology, management and organizational studies develop conceptual models and propose empirical research that illustrates the ways in which networks and geography play together in processes of innovation, learning, leadership, and power.

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.


Knowledge and networks Geography of knowledge Social Network Analysis Network theory Innovation

Editors and affiliations

  • Johannes Glückler
    • 1
  • Emmanuel Lazega
    • 2
  • Ingmar Hammer
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Department of SociologyInstitutd’ Etudes Politiques de Paris (SPC) and and Centre for the Sociology of Organizations (CNRS)ParisFrance
  3. 3.Department of GeographyUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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