Integrating Inside and Outside Innovators: A Sociotechnical Systems Perspective

R&D Management, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2009

10 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2011

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Anne-Katrin Neyer

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft - Fraunhofer MOEZ; University of Erlangen-Nuremberg-Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg

Angelika Cosima Bullinger

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; University of Pennsylvania - School of Arts & Sciences

Kathrin M. Moeslein

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

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Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Innovation literature stresses the importance of opening the innovation process to internal and external innovators. The question of what determines the integration of these types of innovators in the innovation process remains open. We use a sociotechnical systems perspective to address a number of challenges with respect to this matter: an organization deploying different innovation practices to open the innovation process might not be aware which types of innovators are de facto integrated in its innovation process. Alternatively, an organization targeting the integration of a particular type of innovator might not use the suitable innovation practices to integrate the knowledge of this type of innovator. To address these challenges, our comparative case-study analysis in 15 medium-sized firms derives a theoretical framework proposing that a combined analysis of innovation practices and underlying social interactions is needed to decide about the integration of a particular type of innovator in the innovation process. Being aware of these interrelations will allow organizations to act more consciously when opening their innovation processes.

Keywords: innovation, innovator, sociotechnical

Suggested Citation

Neyer, Anne-Katrin and Bullinger, Angelika Cosima and Moeslein, Kathrin M., Integrating Inside and Outside Innovators: A Sociotechnical Systems Perspective (2009). R&D Management, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1766028

Anne-Katrin Neyer (Contact Author)

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft - Fraunhofer MOEZ ( email )

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Leipzig, 04103
Germany

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg-Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg ( email )

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Nuremberg, DE Bavaria 91054
Germany

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Angelika Cosima Bullinger

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg ( email )

Schloßplatz 4
Nuremberg, DE Bavaria 91054
Germany

University of Pennsylvania - School of Arts & Sciences ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Kathrin M. Moeslein

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg ( email )

Schloßplatz 4
Nuremberg, DE Bavaria 91054
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.prof-moeslein.de

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management ( email )

Jahnallee 59
Leipzig, 04109
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.clicresearch.de

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