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Dominant cognitive frames and the innovative power of social networks

D'Andreta, D., Marabelli, M., Newell, S. , Scarbrough, H. & Swan, J. (2016). Dominant cognitive frames and the innovative power of social networks. Organization Studies, 37(3), pp. 293-321. doi: 10.1177/0170840615613374


In this paper, we illustrate the link between social network structures, dominant cognitive frames on network purpose and the innovative power of a network, through a mixed-method comparative analysis of two Knowledge Translation Networks (KTNs)in the English National Health Service (NHS). Our findings illustrate several challenges for networked forms of organization linked to different manifestations of social networks (centralized/decentralized) and dominant cognitive frames (polarizing/loosely clustered). Our paper contributes a better understanding of how dominant frames on network purpose emerge alongside the development of network structure itself, and explores how this interplay between dominant frames and social networks impacts upon the collaborative work that supports the networks’ innovative power.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2016
Publisher Keywords: social network; cognition; framing; agency; healthcare; power; conflict; centrality
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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