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Idea Generation in SMEs: when does market-based partnership pay off most?
Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1390-1820
Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8103-2519
Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3255-414X
2016 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) strongly depend on idea generation to improve the front-end of innovation performance, yet internal resource and capability limitations may hamper successful idea generation in SMEs. Therefore, many SMEs may choose to collaborate with market-based partners such as customers and suppliers to compensate for lack of internal resources. We ask when and under which circumstances does such collaboration provides’ highest benefit towards front-end innovation performance? By drawing on a survey of 142 Swedish manufacturing SMEs, this paper provides two key findings. First, systematic idea generation and front-end performance relationships is non-linear, such that disproportionally higher levels of performance are achieved when idea generation is highly systematic. Second, the pay-off from high level of idea generation is largely influenced by presence of market-based partners. Thus, our findings show that external collaboration in idea generation does not pay off unless SMEs have internal systematic processes for idea generation in place before external input is sought. This implies a contingency perspective on external collaboration and provides implications for research into the front-end of innovation and open innovation, in addition to novel managerial implications about how to better involve partners in idea generation and selection.

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2016.
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SMEs, idea generation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38387OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-38387DiVA, id: diva2:1264556
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17th International CINet Conference: Innovation and tradition: combining the old and the new, Turin, Italy, 11-13 September, 2016
Available from: 2018-11-20 Created: 2018-11-20 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved

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