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Actor-network theory on “networks”: Bruno Latour

Although I do not consider myself too close to the discourse of actor-network theory, I sometimes turn to its “attitude” in order to gain new and creative ideas when I find myself lost.

This video is a keynote speech from Bruno Latour on “networks” titled “Networks, societies, spheres: reflections of an actor-network theorist”. A quite different perspective on networks as it is usually used on this blog. The speech is as demanding as you’d expect from actor-network theory, yet it is worth to listen and think about the questions raised. And as always, you can expect exciting metaphors and wit along the way.

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October 23, 2013 · 9:22 am

Is competitive advantage lost its meaning? – Rita McGrath

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October 8, 2013 · 10:16 am

Six buildings that shaped Harvard history

Just a short video on a little Harvard history.


September 25, 2013 · 12:47 pm

Understanding the mechanism of cities: Santa Fe Institute

An old (2011) video from the Sante Fe institute on the research agenda on understanding the dynamics of cities. I had been interested in the biological organism and complex network metaphor in respect to cities and organizational fields, so I am a big fan of the research! The main page of the project is here.

“SFI’s Cities, Scaling, and Sustainability research effort is creating an interdisciplinary approach and quantitative synthesis of organizational and dynamical aspects of human social organizations, with an emphasis on cities. Different disciplinary perspectives are being integrated in terms of the search for similar dependences of urban indicators on population size – scaling analysis – and other variables that characterize the system as a whole. A particularly important focus of this research area is to develop theoretical insights about cities that can inform quantitative analyses of their long-term sustainability in terms of the interplay between innovation, resource appropriation, and consumption and the make up of their social and economic activity. This focus area brings together urban planners, economists, sociologists, social psychologists, anthropologists, and complex system theorists with the aim of generating an integrated and quantitative understanding of cities. Outstanding areas of research include the identification of general scaling patterns in urban infrastructure and dynamics around the world, the quantification of resource distribution networks in cities and their interplay with the city’s socioeconomic fabric, issues of temporal acceleration and spatial density, and the long-term dynamics of urban systems.”
– Santa Fe Institute

Also watch a TED talk by Geoffrey West about some of the insights on the mathematics of cities.


June 27, 2013 · 4:11 pm

What is necessary for successful entrepreneurship: it is not money

I often attend lectures by Howard Aldrich, one of the core researchers on entrepreneurship. He points out in this short video that first phase is not just about getting money and access to capital, but also about how to get organized, and that is the difficult part of it.

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June 25, 2013 · 2:51 am

Backdrop to Medicon Valley

One highlighted and always developing regional cluster between Sweden and Denmark.

Around one year ago I attended a symposium on biotechnology hubs. Finn Valentine from CBS had a presentation based on biotechnology patents in the Medicon Valley.

This video seems to be a promotional video to the South Swedish region for investors. I only include here to get a feel of Medicon Valley.

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June 23, 2013 · 10:23 am

Demographics of talent and technology: Plenary Session with Jason Owen-Smith


Clusters are often approached by economists and political scientists from a policy perspective. Here is a social science perspective using networks.

Research from Jason Owen-Smith (eg.2004, 2005, 2009 papers) has always been very exciting. Here he talks about clusters and their inner mechanics in respect to demographics of talent and technology.

(Additional Info: TRE Networks Roundtable and Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., Dec., 5-7, 2012)

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June 23, 2013 · 8:39 am

Dynamics of real-world networks

Today one of the central issues in network science is dynamics. This lecture gives a good overview on this subject by looking at large social networking data sets.

Two of the main subjects discussed:
1. Dynamics and change of network structure
2. Propagation, diffusion and cascades

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June 23, 2013 · 5:58 am

Is long-term innovational investment necessary? Karl Ulrich

Karl Ulrich talks about the myth of long-term investments in innovation.

He offers two possible strategies: a follower strategy (being second after a dominant design is decided and technological trajectories are set) or an acquisition strategy (acquiring small entrepreneurial firms that has achieved some success with the field).

Karl Ulrich is the author of the landmark paper, “The role of product architecture in the manufacturing firm”, which has also influenced Japanese management greatly.

(Mack Center Video)

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June 23, 2013 · 5:22 am

Beautiful network visualization of a research collaboration network (Max Planck Institutes)

This is how networks come alive. Created with open source software for the Max Planck Institute.

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June 21, 2013 · 4:35 pm