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We discuss and give feedback to one of our Phd Students Thesis Proposal -“” by Guillermo Ruiz Pava.

The thesis proposal comprises three basic ideas developed through three distinct papers. The first article determines where Colombian firms look for ideas to innovate for local or international markets. . One empirical result of that study suggested that firms that improved or introduced new products for international markets search ideas from internal sources. This raises the question of how an organization can generate a sufficient diversity of ideas, information, or knowledge, from within, and without the influence of external factors. A possible answer can be the social structures inside the firm, but from a dynamic perspective. Chapter 2 provided a conceptual framework that classifies and defines types of network change. The framework assumes that all network change is fundamentally a change in nodes or in ties, but can be understood differently depending on the perspective of the researcher: focus and the scope of change. The third idea explore the role of internal routine as network of actions in innovation as problem solving.

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We discuss a Manuscript Draft entitled “The Weakness of Tie Strenght” written by one of our team members Eric Quintane in collaboration with Matthew Brashears.

Mark Granovetter revolutionized social science with the argument that “weak” ties provide more novel content than “strong” ties, but left the definition of tie strength relatively ambiguous, which has led to issues of conceptualization and operationalization of tie strength in the subsequent literature. This paper aims to provide a more specific conceptualization of tie strength and its dimensions. In order to do so, the paper unpacks Granovetter’s original argument, and subsequent scholarship, to identify three factors that govern the behavior of network ties: capacity (the ability of a tie to transmit content), latency (the average time between tie activations), and redundancy (the extent to which a tie reaches alters who are connected).

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