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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Janet Smith

Reader 2

Corey Tazzara

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This paper investigates how social networks act as catalysts for innovation. It borrows a model for understanding how interaction between heterogeneous social networks catalyzes innovation. Using this model, it then examines historical and contemporary catalysts of innovation and invention within cities. Industry diversity, a measure representing the existence of multiple overlapping domains, is hypothesized to be positively correlated with the number of patents filed within a city per year. Using this analysis of both Renaissance Florence and contemporary metropolitan areas, the paper hopes to demonstrate social influences on innovation.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.