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Business Network Dynamics and Diffusion of Innovation


Abstract


In global markets, organizations can use 3-D printing technology to decrease the uncertainty brought by technological innovation. Through a qualitative analysis of seven case studies, the authors have identified a new business network type - defined as beta-network - characterized by a flat horizontal shape structured with a multitude of actors and weak ties. In the short term the beta-network co-exists with the incumbent network defined by a more vertical structure, fewer actors and stronger ties, while in the long term they can co-evolve in an emerging integrated network.


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Business Network; Global Markets; Innovation; Diffusion of Innovation; 3-D Printing

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NBN: http://nbn.depositolegale.it/urn%3Anbn%3Ait%3Aunimib-12369

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4468/2012.2.02rieple.pironti.pisano

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