Reference : Structural Holes, Innovation and the Distribution of Ideas
Scientific journals : Article
Business & economic sciences : Strategy & innovation
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/900
Structural Holes, Innovation and the Distribution of Ideas
English
Jonard, Nicolas mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) > Center for Research in Economic Analysis (CREA) >]
Cowan, Robin [> >]
2007
Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination
Springer
2
2
93-110
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
International
1860-711X
1860-7128
Heidelberg
Germany
[en] We model knowledge diffusion in a population of agents situated on a network, interacting only over direct ties. Some agents are by nature traders, others are by nature "givers": traders demand a quid pro quo for information transfer; givers do not. We are interested in efficiency of diffusion and explore the interplay between the structure of the population (proportion of traders), the network structure (clustering, path length and degree distribution), and the scarcity of knowledge. We find that at the global level, trading (as opposed to giving) reduces efficiency. At the individual level, highly connected agents do well when knowledge is scarce, agents in clustered neighbourhoods do well when it is abundant. The latter finding is connected to the debate on structural holes and social capital.
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/900
10.1007/s11403-007-0024-0

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