Collaborative Search

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Fabian J. Sting

Erasmus University - Rotterdam School of Management

Jurgen Mihm

INSEAD

Christoph H. Loch

INSEAD - Technology and Operations Management

Date Written: September 7, 2016

Abstract

Collaborative search, i.e., the process in which organizational members jointly contribute content to solve a non-trivial problem, is a common phenomenon in new product development organizations. In examining organizational problem solving, research has however neglected collaborative search processes, and has instead focused on coordination -- making separately contributed partial solution mutually compatible. This paper contributes towards a theory of collaborative search. We identify the organizational contingencies for which collaboration is beneficial, provide guidance on when collaboration does not improve performance, and identify methods for making collaboration effective.

Keywords: Collaboration, Search Theory, Product Development and Design, NK Model, Technology Management and Process Design

Suggested Citation

Sting, Fabian J. and Mihm, Jurgen and Loch, Christoph H., Collaborative Search (September 7, 2016). INSEAD Working Paper No. 2016/60/TOM. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1850607 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1850607

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