Robbert Cornelis (Bob) Kijkuit was born in 1980 in Delft, The Netherlands. He finished his secondary education in Vlaardingen in 1998. In 2002, he received his Master’s degree in Business Administration at RSM Erasmus University after which he started as a Ph.D. candidate in the Management of Technology and Innovation Department within the same university. His research focus is on the role of social networks in NPD contexts. Robbert Cornelis (Bob) Kijkuit has given presentations on this subject at conferences in both Europe and United States. He has also stayed at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA during the winter semester of 2005 participating in the graduate school program, which was made possible by funding from NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) and the Trustfonds Erasmus University. His work has appeared in conference proceedings and a paper, on which the theoretical chapter of part one was based, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Management Studies. During his Ph.D. candidacy, Bob (co)taught two Bachelor thesis courses, provided guest lectures in the ‘Innovation Management’ M.Sc. program as well co-supervised various M.Sc. theses. As of February 1st 2007, Bob will start working as a Business Analyst for Shell Energy Europe part of the Gas and Power Division of Shell Ltd in Den Haag (The Netherlands).

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Keywords R&D, Social networks, creativity, front end, ideas, innovation, network dynamics, new product development, tie strength
Promotor B. Nooteboom (Bart)
Publisher Erasmus University Rotterdam , Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)
Sponsor B. Nooteboom , G.M. Duysters , J.C.M. van den Ende , R.K. Moenaert , Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) , S.L. van de Velde
ISBN 978-905892-137-6
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Kijkuit, R.C.. (2007, May 11). Social Networks in the Front End: The Organizational Life of an Idea. Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM). Retrieved from