Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Creating Innovators through Knowledge Networks: Theory and Evidence
by Zhu, Siwei, Ph.D., Stevens Institute of Technology, 2018, 103; 10808914
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation proposes a conceptualization of knowledge networks based on the roles of individuals and examines the effect of an individual’s knowledge network on his or her innovation performance. The study begins by identifying the key features of individual knowledge networks—the depth of knowledge elements, the breadth of knowledge elements, and the tie strength among knowledge elements. The study then explores the links between each feature and innovation performance. Analyzing data from the R&D department of a leading US oil and gas company, this work shows that the depth of an employee’s knowledge elements has a marginally negative linear effect on his or her innovation performance; this relationship is not moderated by the presence of strong knowledge ties. The breadth of an employee’s knowledge elements has a curvilinear effect on his or her innovation performance; weak knowledge ties increase innovation performance in individuals with low knowledge breadth but decrease innovation performance for individuals with high knowledge breadth. These results suggest that knowledge tie strength is more important for innovation than the depth or breadth of knowledge elements. These findings demonstrate that the individual’s knowledge network serves as an expanded knowledge base that can facilitate innovation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koen, Peter A.
Commitee: Bertels, Heidi M.J., Mai, Feng, Mithani, Murad, Pochiraju, Kishore V., Skvoretz, John
School: Stevens Institute of Technology
Department: School of Business
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: DAI-A 79/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Business administration, Entrepreneurship, Management
Keywords: Depth and breadth of knowledge elements, Individual innovation performance, Knowledge base, Knowledge network, Knowledge tie strength
Publication Number: 10808914
ISBN: 978-0-438-24168-8
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