Knowledge and Networks
Johannes Glückler (editor)
Knowledge and Networks

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.

1. Exploring the Interaction of Space and Networks in the Creation of Knowledge: An Introduction
1. Knowledge About Networks
2. Reversing the Instrumentality of the Social for the Economic: A Critical Agenda for Twenty-first Century Knowledge Networks
3. Interpersonal Networks in Foreign Assignments and Intercultural Learning Processes
4. Family Networks for Learning and Knowledge Creation in Developing Regions
5. Studying Networks Geographically: World Political Regionalization in the United Nations General Assembly (1985–2010)
6. (Post)graduate Education Markets and the Formation of Mobile Transnational Economic Elites
2. Network Evolution and Social Outcomes
7. Organized Mobility and Relational Turnover as Context for Social Mechanisms: A Dynamic Invariant at the Heart of Stability from Movement
8. Trajectory Types Across Network Positions: Jazz Evolution from 1930 to 1969
9. Topology and Evolution of Collaboration Networks: The Case of a Policy-Anchored District
10. Platforming for Path-Breaking? The Case of Regional Electromobility Initiatives in Germany
11. Brokering Trust to Enhance Leadership: A Self-Monitoring Approach to Leadership Emergence
3. Network Geographies of Learning
12. How Atypical Combinations of Scientific Ideas Are Related to Impact: The General Case and the Case of the Field of Geography
13. Connectivity in Contiguity: Conventions and Taboos of Imitation in Colocated Networks
14. Are Gatekeepers Important for the Renewal of the Local Knowledge Base? Evidence from U. S. Cities
15. Learning Networks Among Swedish Municipalities: Is Sweden a Small World?
16. The Coevolution of Innovative Ties, Proximity, and Competencies: Toward a Dynamic Approach to Innovation Cooperation
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