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Studying a Firm's Innovations as a Multi-Faceted (Interactive) Socio-Technical Process
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0554-9591
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
2015 (English)In: Review of Business Research, ISSN 1546-2609, E-ISSN 2378-9670, Vol. 15, no 3, p. 37-46Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to stimulate debate with regards to why firms will commit resources to innovate and the effects of the interactive nature of a firm’s innovation, as the firm engages in collaboration with several others to co-produce value. Methodologically, the study is a review of the existing literature on innovation, looking for an answer to the following. Why and how do a firm and some significant actors in its network engage in innovative activities to co-produce value? The study shows that, from a firm’s perspective, (1) a firm innovates in order to enhance its competitiveness and (2) a firm innovates because it enables it to achieve growth in an increasingly competitive environment.  A firm’s innovation should translate into value creation for some stakeholders. (3) Through innovations, a firm co-produces value, mostly, with others in its network. A firm’s internal capacity is complemented by external capacities of some actors in the firm’s network. © 2015 IABE. All Rights Reserved.

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Stockton, CA: International Academy of Business and Economics (IABE) , 2015. Vol. 15, no 3, p. 37-46
Keywords [en]
Innovation, socio-technical processes, co-produce value, Competitiveness, network
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-29645DOI: 10.18374/RBR-15-3.4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-29645DiVA, id: diva2:861816
Available from: 2015-10-19 Created: 2015-10-19 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
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1. Innovation Capability within a Supply Chain Context
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovation Capability within a Supply Chain Context
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A firm’s supply chain faces challenges relating to reducing operational cost while at the same time producing innovative products and services to meet consumers’ current and potential demand. One important phenomenon in the field of innovation research is the concept of innovation capability. The purpose of this thesis is to empirically explore innovation capability as a firm interacts with its supply chain members. In order to achieve the above stated purpose, the thesis attempted to answer the overarching research question: How does a focal firm’s interaction with its supply chain members affect its innovation capability?

To answer the research question, a multiple method approach was adopted. This consists of two qualitative case studies, conceptual analysis, a quantitative study of a sample of 117 managers and systematic literature review (SLR). First; we used the systematic literature review (SLR) method to identify important innovation capability factors and theories applied in innovation capability studies. Second, multiple case studies were used to further investigate innovation capability in a supply chain context. Third, quantitative survey-method was used to explore innovation capability measures in the context of the supply chain.

Five individual papers are presented in this thesis. The findings are summarised and presented in the cover (“kappa”) of the thesis. The findings revealed that focal firms’ innovation capability was influenced as a result of a focal firm’s interaction with its supply chain members. In addition, technological embeddedness influences innovation capability of the focal firms. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Halmstad: Halmstad University Press, 2018. p. 101
Series
Halmstad University Dissertations ; 44
Keywords
supply chain, innovation, innovation capability, collaboration, idea management
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-36380 (URN)978-91-87045-90-5 (ISBN)978-91-87045-91-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-03-27, O124, Linjegatan 12, Halmstad, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2018-03-06 Created: 2018-03-05 Last updated: 2018-03-06Bibliographically approved

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