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Entrepreneurship and networked collaboration: synergetic innovation, knowledge and uncertainty.

Anderson, Alistair; Li, Jinhai


Alistair Anderson

Jinhai Li


This conceptual paper examines the nature of entrepreneurship in innovation processes in time of crisis. Crisis is a time of heightened uncertainty, manifested as increased ambiguity about what knowledge is available yet necessary for innovation. It is argued here that connecting this diverse knowledge is essential for innovation and that this is a key entrepreneurial process. Whilst this point is established in the literature, there is perhaps a gap in understanding how such knowledge is entrepreneurially applied. In systems-based views of innovation there seems to be an assumption that knowledge synthesis just happens as a natural occurrence. Reviewing and synthesising disparate literatures, this paper argues that stocks of knowledge are not, in themselves, sufficient to produce innovation. Instead, entrepreneurial agency is required to collaborate, connect and to combine these knowledge stocks to produce innovation. The paper contributes to understanding and theory by demonstrating how and why this 'social' connecting is a critical element of the entrepreneurial role and a crucial part of innovation.


ANDERSON, A. and LI, J. 2014. Entrepreneurship and networked collaboration: synergetic innovation, knowledge and uncertainty. Journal of general management [online], 40(1), pages 7-21. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Sep 1, 2014
Publication Date Sep 30, 2014
Deposit Date Dec 21, 2017
Publicly Available Date Dec 21, 2017
Journal Journal of general management
Print ISSN 0306-3070
Electronic ISSN 1759-6106
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 1
Pages 7-21
Keywords Networks; Innovation; Collaboration; Knowledge and entrepreneurial agency
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