Networks of knowledge

An appraisal of research themes, findings and implications

Authored by: Müge Özman

Routledge Handbook of the Economics of Knowledge

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415640992
eBook ISBN: 9780203082324
Adobe ISBN: 9781136178658


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A network is essentially a way of seeing relationships in a system. In the social sciences, the network approach is undertaken to explain how the social structure shapes individual behaviors and performance. The rise of the network approach can be linked to an increasing interest in open systems in many fields of science during the last half century. Open systems emphasize interrelations between parts of a system (Scott and Davis, 2007).

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