This explores the potential of interorganizational networks (IONs) to serve as innovation networks that contribute to long-term organizational effectiveness and the emergence of sustainable culture. Using the construct of innovation capacity as a framework for exploring complementary themes found in multidisciplinary literature, this considers whether IONs, when managed for the purpose of fostering generative relationships of trust and processes that support organizational learning at the network level, might evolve systemically in ways that engender continuous, adaptive innovation within turbulent environments that are the prevailing condition of 21st century organizational life, thereby giving rise to emergent network cultures that contribute to both organizational and societal sustainability. These premises are found to be supported by the weight of empirical evidence and current theory reviewed in this brief treatment of the topic. This is an emerging area of knowledge that can benefit from further studies that explore the dynamic tensions and synergies that may be found to exist among the various theoretical constructs treated here, as further refined and applied in various interorganizational settings.
|Keywords:||Interorganizational Networks, Social Systems, Organizational Culture, Innovation, Capacity Building, Sustainability, Organizational Learning, Generative Relationships|
Director of Research and Community Development, Cleveland Educators for Sustainability, Cleveland, Ohio, USA