Basic Approach

That innovations are based on individual contributions of ingenious inventors is exposed as a myth for a long time.

It is generally valid that (cf. Malmberg, Maskell P. 34, Lorenzen 2005; Simmie 2005; Koschatzky 2001, P.59; Cernavin 2005, P.37; Ibert 2006, P.104) successful innovations result […] from the network-oriented cooperation of different sources of knowledge, which an intensive interaction and a joint co-ordination of the industrial actors involved require (Rimkus, 2009).

Furthermore this means that communication between the involved actors of an innovation is an important success factor. Complex innovations develop very often in networks and less in bilateral co-operation between actors from scientific facilities and enterprises.

By connecting networks of industrial enterprises respectively particular industrial network actors purposefully with scientific network actors by an exploitation agent to overcome a structural hole, an acceleration of relevant knowledge towards innovation can be achieved.

Pechmann, Agnes; Piller, Frank; Schumacher, Gerd (2010): "Technologie- und Erkenntnistransfer aus der Wissenschaft in die Industrie ". Jülich: Verlag (Projektträger Jülich Schriftenreihe 01), Seite 50.