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Published on Oct 20, 2014
Loet Leydesdorff’s (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands) talk “In Search of a Network Theory of Innovations: Relations, Positions and Perspectives” suggested studying innovation networks using an interesting synthesis of theoretical perspectives – Luhmann’s social-systems theory, on the one hand, and Latour’s “sociology of translations”, on the other. According to the speaker, the common focus on communications of these two approaches allows researchers to combine them and extend methodological opportunities in three dimensions, which should be developed as interconnected: relations that can be studied using graph-analytical tools; organization that can be studied factor-analytically as relational events; and self-organization as hyperspace of “horizons of meaning”.
International scientific conference ‘Networks in the Global World. Bridging Theory and Method: American, European, and Russian Studies’ took place in St. Petersburg State University on June 27-29, 2014. The primary goal of the ‘Networks in the Global World’ conference series is to bring together networks researchers from around the globe. It seeks to unite the efforts of various scientific disciplines in response to the key challenges faced by network studies today, and to exchange local research results – thus allowing an analysis of global processes. The idea of 2014-year event was to discuss the key current issues and problems of linking theoretical and methodological developments in network analysis. Find out more at http://www.ngw.spbu.ru/