Centre for Transformative Innovation

Networked innovation

Innovation no longer belongs to stand-alone corporate or government research and development (R&D) laboratories. It is the property of networks, where innovation occurs at the interstices of organisations, large and small, public and private, and the individuals nested within. These networks operate at intra- and inter-organisational, regional, national and international levels.

We investigate the structures and dynamics of networks. To do this we use Social Network Analysis (SNA), which is a way of visually mapping the patterns of networks. We are world-leaders in the development of cutting-edge statistical models for social network analysis, notably exponential random graph models (ERGM), which helps us to understand what the eye cannot see in complex network visualisations.

Our research partners include the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Boeing, AusBiotech and the Australian Football League (AFL).

We also address the fundamental problems of network methodology and theory. We pay particular attention to ERGM, networks and organisations, multilevel networks, and network dynamics.

MelNet Social Network Research Group

Our work involves the collaborative efforts of MelNet Social Network Group researchers who focus on networked innovation. The MelNet Social Network Group is a consortium of researchers involved in social network researching, training and theory.

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MelNet Social Network Research Group

MelNet is a Melbourne-based consortium of universities expert in social network analysis (SNA).

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Our areas of research include:

  • Networks and organisations
    Organisations are arenas for cooperation and coordination. They involve networks that develop among individuals and groups. Networks develop within organisations as well as between organisations. Our research focuses on the antecedents, the structural features and the consequences of intra- and inter-organisational networks in different contexts.

  • Multilevel network applications
    Multilevel networks emerge among individuals and the organisations they belong to. For instance, while individuals may informally transfer information to colleagues in their own or in other organisations, their organisations may form networks of formal alliances. Further, how might you best allocate your team members to work projects? Our group specialises in developing statistical models for multilevel networks and works on a number of projects applying such methods to innovation studies.

  • Network dynamics and diffusion
    Networks are not static entities but change dynamically over time. We work on different projects to investigate the processes that drive the emergence, reconfiguration and dissolution of networks in different contexts. How do networks diffuse ideas and innovations across organisations and eco-systems? We explore how networks and actor-attributes such as innovativeness co-evolve. We are developing new longitudinal extensions of ERGMs for univariate, multivariate, bipartite and multilevel network data. 

Research team

Name

Role

Areas of research

Associate Professor Dean Lusher

ARC Future Fellow

Networks and organisations, multilevel network applications and network dynamics and diffusion

Dr Peng Wang

DECRA Fellow

Networks and organisations and network dynamics and diffusion

Professor Michael Gilding

Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor

Networks and organisations and network dynamics and diffusion

Dr Julien Brailly

Adjunct Researcher

Networks and organisations, multilevel network applications

Dr Colin Gallagher

Postdoctoral Fellow

Networks and organisations

James Coutinho

Research Fellow Networks and organisations

Maedeh Aboutalebi
Karkavand

Research Fellow Networks and organisations

Alexander Stivala

Research Fellow Networks and organisations

Professor Garry Robins

Adjunct Professor Networks and organisations

Dr Libo Liu

Lecturer, Information Systems

Networks and organisations

Dr Julia Brennecke

Adjunct Researcher

Networks and organisations, multilevel network applications

Professor Thomas Spurling

Professorial Fellow

Networks and organisations

Dr Elizabeth Merlot

Lecturer, HRM and Organisation Studies

Networks and organisations

Vikki Bunton

Research Support Officer

Networks and organisations

Till Klein

Adunct Researcher

Network dynamics and diffusion

Professor John Webb

Professorial Fellow

Networks and organisations

Jean-Francois Desvignes-Hicks

PhD Candidate

Networks and organisations

Adam Finch

PhD Candidate

Networks and organisations

Joelle Hawa

PhD Candidate

Networks and organisations

Sarah King

PhD Candidate

Networks and organisations

Bopha Roden

PhD Candidate

Networks and organisations

Andrew Terhorst

PhD Candidate

Networks and organisations