Networked innovation and coalition formation: the effect of group-based social preferences


Dedeurwaerdere T, Melindi-Ghidi P & Sas W (2018) Networked innovation and coalition formation: the effect of group-based social preferences. Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 27 (7), pp. 577-593.

In this paper, we study the production and dissemination of public knowledge goods, such as technological knowledge, generated by a network of voluntarily cooperating innovators. We develop a private-collective model of public knowledge production in networked innovation systems, where group-based social preferences have an impact on the coalition formation of developers. Our model builds on the large empirical literature on voluntary production of pooled public knowledge goods, including source code in communities of software developers or data provided to open access data repositories. Our analysis shows under which conditions social preferences, such as ‘group belonging’ or ‘peer approval’, influence the stable coalition size, as such rationalising several stylized facts emerging from large-scale surveys of open-source software developers, previously unaccounted for. Furthermore, heterogeneity of social preferences is added to the model to study the formation of stable but mixed coalitions.

Coalition formation; networked innovation; open-source software (OSS); public knowledge goods; private-collective model; social preferences

Economics of Innovation and New Technology: Volume 27, Issue 7

Publication date31/12/2018
Publication date online29/09/2017
Date accepted by journal21/08/2017
PublisherTaylor and Francis