Robin Cowan

Professorial Fellow

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  • Robin Cowan
    INSTITUTE:
    UNU-MERIT
    OFFICE:
    Keizer Karelplein 19, 6211 TC Maastricht, The Netherlands
    E-MAIL:
    cowan@merit.unu.edu
    PHONE:
    +31(0)43 3884408
    NATIONALITY:
    Canada

    Research Interests

    • dynamics of consumption and social status
    • Network structure and network performance
    • Social networks and innovation
    • The changing economics of knowledge

    Education

    Ph.D., Economics, Stanford University
    M.A., Philosophy, Stanford University

    Biographical Statement

    Robin Cowan is Professor of the Economics of Technical Change at the  University of Maastricht.  He began his official affiliation with the UNU Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) in 1996 as a Professorial Fellow. He studied at Queen’s University in Canada and at Stanford University where he received a Ph.D. in  economics and an M.A. in philosophy.  Robin Cowan was Assistant Professor of  Economics at the University of Western Ontario until 1998.  His current  research has includes several topics: the changing economics of knowledge;  social networks and innovation; network structure and network performance;  dynamics of consumption and social status; interacting agents models.  In  the past he has done consulting research for the OECD on the economics of  standards, the European Commission on innovation policy, and the National  Renewable Energy Laboratory on technological lock-in and renewable energy  technologies. In 2004 he won one of 15 prestigious Chaires d’Excellence of the Ministry of research and Education in France. Robin Cowan is also an adjunct professor at the Economics Department at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

  • Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • Baum, Joel, Robin Cowan & Nicolas Jonard, 2010, Network-independent partner selection and the evolution of innovation networks, Management Science, 56: 2094-2110, 2010. doi10.1287/ mnsc.1100.1229 (awarded the 2009 Best Paper Award from the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management.)
    • Cowan, Robin & Nicolas Jonard, 2009, Knowledge Portfolios and the Organization of Innovation Networks, Academy of Management Review, vol 34, pp. 320-342
    • Cowan, Robin & Nicolas Jonard, 2007, Structural Holes, Innovation and the Distribution of Ideas vol (2), pp 93-101, Journal of Economics of Interaction and Co-ordination, DOI: 10.1007/s11403-007-0024-0, 2007, reprinted in A. Pyka, Scharnhorst, A. (eds.), Innovation Networks – New Approaches in Modelling and Analyzing, Springer Complexity, Understanding Complex Systems, Berlin et al. 2008
    • Cowan, Robin & Nicolas Jonard, 2007, Merit, approbation and the evolution of social structure, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 64, 295-315
    • Cowan, Robin, 2007, Network architecture, barter exchange and the diffusion of ideas, International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, 6:2, pp. 165-178
    • Cowan, Robin, Nicolas Jonard & Jean-Benoit Zimmermann, 2007, Bilateral Collaboration and the Emergence of Networks, Management Science, 53(7), 1051-1067
    • Cowan, Robin, Nicolas Jonard & Jean-Benoit Zimmermann, 2006, Evolving Networks of Inventors, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 16:1-2, pp. 155-174
    • Cowan, Robin, Nicolas Jonard & Jean-Benoit Zimmermann, 2006, Evolving Networks of Inventors , Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 16 (1-2), pp. 155-174.
    • Cowan, Robin & Nicolas Jonard, 2006, Network architecture,barter exchange and the diffusion of ideas , International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology
    • Cowan, Robin & Nicolas Jonard, 2005, Network Architecture, Barter Exchange and the Diffusion of Ideas, International Journal of Agricultural Resources Governance and Ecology, 5(1)
    • Cowan, Robin, 2006, Network models of innovation and knowledge diffusion, in: S Breschi & F Malerba (Eds.), Clusters, Networks and Innovation, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 29-53
    • Cowan, Robin & Nicolas Jonard, 2006, Network formation, innovation and IT use, in: L Soete & B ter Weel (Eds.), The Economics of the Digital Society, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 44-63