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Self-organizing innovation networks, mobile knowledge carriers and diasporas: insights from a pioneering boutique hotel chain

Lowe, Michelle, Williams, Allan, Shaw, Gareth and Cudworth, Katherine (2012) Self-organizing innovation networks, mobile knowledge carriers and diasporas: insights from a pioneering boutique hotel chain Journal of Economic Geography, 12, (5), pp. 1113-1138. (doi:10.1093/jeg/lbs021).

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This paper provides insights from the UK’s pioneering boutique hotel chain, Hotel du Vin (HduV) to explore the dynamics of self-forming innovation networks within the service sector. In particular, it focuses on HduV’s diaspora of spin-off and follow-on enterprises, examining the nature of innovation and creativity, and the significant role of human mobility in knowledge transfer and in the dynamic reconfiguration of such networks. Through the use of participative’ research methods and ‘close dialogue’, it provides a contribution to understanding processes of innovation in an under-researched industry—utilizing the concept of ‘diasporas’ to encapsulate the temporality and spatiality of those processes. In particular, it explores the various re-uses and re-combinations of the organizational processes and value propositions that defined the innovatory nature of the original chain, showing how those re-combinations were critical to the entrepreneurial nature of the diasporic network which developed around HduV

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Published date: September 2012
Organisations: Strategy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship


Local EPrints ID: 340385
ISSN: 1468-2702
PURE UUID: 64c92afe-fcca-42f4-b220-6d578002e546

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Date deposited: 20 Jun 2012 15:14
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:44

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Author: Michelle Lowe
Author: Allan Williams
Author: Gareth Shaw
Author: Katherine Cudworth

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