This was a cooperative research project with SCA Hygiene Products. It investigated how innovative ideas are created in networks, and how informal structures are established and influenced. Using social network analysis different factors related to individuals’ and groups’ social capital and their influence on ideation performance was investigated.
The project has contributed to increasing knowledge about how individuals’ and groups’ structural capital, including in-depth knowledge and information transfer and creation, influences the creation of ideas.
Björk, Jennie and Magnusson Mats., (2009) Where Do Good Innovation Ideas Come From? Exploring the Influence of Network Connectivity on Innovation Idea Quality. Journal of Product Innovation Management, Vol. 26, No. 6, pp. 662-670. Presented at The 15th International Product Development Management Conference, Hamburg, June 2008.
Björk, Jennie., Di Vincenzo, Fausto., Magnusson, Mats., and Mascia, Daniele., (2010). The Impact of Social Capital on Ideation -untapping the knowledge creation potential of internal networks. Presented at: the DIME conference - Organizing for Networked Innovation, Milano and Stresa April 2010.