Call for Papers for a session on  “Innovation Networks”

at the XXXIII. Sunbelt Conference, May 21-27 – University of Hamburg, Germany

Session Organizers:
Simon Fietze (
Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg

Susanne Gretzinger (
University of Southern Denmark/Institute for Border Regions Studies

The importance of innovtions in small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) for an economy that is characterized by SMEs motivates a policy promoting innovations. SMEs in an innovation process use much more a stronger cooperation with customers and suppliers to initiate and enforce innovations than a weaker relation to consulting. However, information is a critical resource in innovation processes. External information can be helpful in innovation processes to complete them successfully. SMEs in particular are therefore advised to draw on consulting in innovation processes, as they cannot ensure the necessary information flow internally due to the lesser resources they have compared to larger companies. To promote economically relevant information of SMEs, the public sector provides specific advisory services. These services, however, are rarely utilized compared to direct customer and supplier contacts. From strategic management’s point of view, the involvement of intermediaries in the innovation process is accompanied by the risk of losing specific knowledge to the business environment. The aim of the session is to discuss innovation networks of businesses – in particulare SMEs – from an social network analysis (SNA) perspective. Theoretical and conceptual contributions as well as empirical work linking innovation networks of businesses and SNA are of interest.

Submission will be closing on December 31 at 11:59:59 EST. Please limit your abstract to 250 words. Proceed to abstract submission: When submitting your abstract, please select ‘Innovation Networks’ as session title in the drop down box on the submission site. To be extra sure please put a note in the ‘additional notes’ box on the abstract submission form that states Simon Fietze and Susanne Gretzinger as the session organizer. For further information on the venue and conference registration see

Management Revue – The international Review of Management Studies

Dr. Simon Fietze
University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Institute for Human Resource and International Management

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