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Part of the Markt- und Unternehmensentwicklung / Markets and Organisations book series (MAU)


In this dissertation, I have investigated antecedents of social capital in corporate innovation community settings. While extant studies often highlight the importance of communities in innovation processes (Judge et al., 1997; Sawhney & Prandelli, 2000) as well as the beneficial consequences of social capital in such settings (Dahlander & Frederiksen, 2012; McLure Wasko & Faraj, 2005), the literature to date lacks with respect to studies on the antecedents of social capital (Payne et al., 2011). To remedy this research gap, I have incorporated the complex nature of social capital and have considered both multiple dimensions (Nahapiet & Ghoshal, 1998) as well as multiple levels of social capital (Payne et al., 2011). Through this theoretical lens, I have conducted two empirical studies within corporate innovation communities, one multiple case study (Part III) and one SEM approach (Part IV).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Innovation & Value CreationFriedrich-Alexander-UniversityNurembergGermany

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