The Role of Management Innovation in Enabling Technological Process Innovation: An Inter‐Organizational Perspective

16 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2013

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Rick M.A. Hollen

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Frans A. J. Van Den Bosch

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

H. W. Volberda

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Date Written: Spring 2013

Abstract

For sustained competitive advantage of established process manufacturing firms, technological process innovation to improve resource productivity and environmental performance has become of pivotal importance. These firms, however, often face intra‐organizational tensions to reconcile pressures for exploration and exploitation across subsequent phases of technological process innovation. Firms may, therefore, need to perform the development phase – being the most sensitive to these tensions – in the inter‐organizational context of an external dedicated development facility. This requires new‐to‐the‐firm management activities, i.e., management innovation. However, the role of management innovation in enabling technological process innovation in an inter‐organizational context remains largely unexplored. To address this gap, in developing propositions we use illustrative examples from the research context of an external development facility for sustainable process technology. The paper has two contributions. First, by adopting a process perspective we are able to clarify how both types of innovation are combined over time in an intertwined way. Second, we extend management innovation theory by conceptualizing management innovation in an inter‐organizational context. We conclude with implications for theory, practice and future research.

Keywords: management innovation, technological process innovation, inter‐organizational context, process manufacturing

Suggested Citation

Hollen, Rick M.A. and Van Den Bosch, Frans A. J. and Volberda, Henk W., The Role of Management Innovation in Enabling Technological Process Innovation: An Inter‐Organizational Perspective (Spring 2013). European Management Review, Vol. 10, Issue 1, pp. 35-50, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2236005 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/emre.12003

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