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Facilitating Social and Cognitive Translation in Innovation Networks
Halmstad University, School of Information Technology, Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS), Man and Information technology laboratory (MI-lab).
Halmstad University, School of Information Technology, Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS), Man and Information technology laboratory (MI-lab).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8409-7628
2010 (English)In: MCIS 2010 Proceedings: Submissions from 2010 / [ed] Angela Sansonetti, 2010, Paper 85- p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper we present a two year long interpretative case study based on a Living Lab project. The case study is used to in retrospect investigate cognitive and social translation in a doubly distributed innovation network. By identifying and empirically exemplify how translations occurred, we present insights of how to support cognitive and social translations in these kind of networks. Using the concepts from Yoo et al. (2009) we explore the research question: how can cognitive and social translation be supported in Living Labs? Based on the findings we conclude that Living Labs can support heterogeneous set of actors and knowledge resources by supporting cognitive translation with techniques such as scenarios, mock-ups and prototypes. By working with an iterative process the involved actors can be supported to materialize prior and new knowledge which can be translated between different communities of actors. By setting up and providing a common ground a trading zone can be established supporting the social translations within the network by offering a space where negotiation of interests and alignment of perspectives can be facilitated.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Paper 85- p.
Keyword [en]
IT Innovation, Innovation Networks, Living Lab
National Category
Computer and Information Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-14186ISBN: 978-965-555-474-8 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-14186DiVA: diva2:390834
Conference
Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS) 2010, Tel-Aviv-Yaffo, Israel, September 12-14, 2010
Available from: 2011-01-24 Created: 2011-01-24 Last updated: 2015-11-09Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Digital Innovation: Orchestrating Network Activities
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2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Digitization of analogue everyday artifacts, i.e. when physical products are equipped with digital capabilities, has a profound impact on today’s society. Some examples of these digital innovations aimed at consumer markets are the “connected” car, the digitized television set, and in the near future, digitized IKEA furniture. Digital innovation provides endless opportunities for providing value adding products and services. However, in digital innovation there is a need to find new ways of organizing network activities, i.e. activities such as e.g. production and translation of knowledge and enrollment of actors. These activities need to embrace and build on the networked aspects and the complexity inherent to digital innovation. This requires network activities that can overcome challenges with the ambiguous and messy characteristics of digital innovation. In this thesis, I propose that the theoretical perspective of network orchestration can enlighten fruitful ways to address challenges that are encountered when organizing network activities in digital innovation. Inspired by practical challenges with digital innovation, as well as contemporary calls for research within IS, this thesis investigates: How can network activities be orchestrated in digital innovation? Two cases of digital innovation aimed at consumer markets are studied. The first case concerns the digitization of the newspaper. The second case regards the digitization of door locks. Literature about digital innovation is used to understand the context of the studied phenomenon. Furthermore, theories about network orchestration as well as activities in innovation are used as a theoretical framework to help answer the research question. The thesis is based on an interpretative perspective where a multi-method approach has been applied to address the research question. The contribution is divided into two different parts. The first part presents four categories of empirically derived network activities that address socio-technical challenges with organizing digital innovation. The second part is a proposed model detailing orchestration of network activities in digital innovation. The model is based around the four suggested categories of network activities: (1) Supporting flexible innovation networks, (2) Production and translation of layered architectural knowledge, (3) Addressing heterogeneous user communities, and (4) Harnessing generativity to leverage value. The categories of network activities can be viewed as building blocks for the orchestration process. By emphasizing both a proactive and a reactive way of orchestrating digital innovation, the model proposes a means for organizations to address the ambiguity and complexity of digital innovation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet, 2015. 177 p.
Series
Gothenburg studies in informatics, ISSN 1400-741X ; 49
Keyword
digital innovation, network activities, orchestration, innovation network, Living Lab, digital technology
National Category
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-29725 (URN)978‐91‐982069‐4‐4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-09-25, IT Faculty, House Patricia, Torg Blå (4th floor), Forskningsgången 6, Göteborg, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2015-11-09 Created: 2015-11-05 Last updated: 2015-11-09Bibliographically approved

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