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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, manifest as increased ambiguity about what knowledge is available yet necessary for innovation. We argue that the connecting of this diverse knowledge is essential in producing innovation and that this is a key entrepreneurial process. Whilst this point is established in the literature, we sense a gap in our understanding about 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, we challenge this to argue 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. We contribute 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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 30, 2014
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
Institution Citation 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:
Keywords Networks; Innovation; Collaboration; Knowledge and entrepreneurial agency


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