Managing the Innovation Space. How Firms Can Shape Collaboration Practices in the Context of Innovation Communities

HIIG Discussion Paper Series No. 2018-04

27 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2018

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Diego Dametto

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society; University of Applied Science Potsdam; IZT – Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment

Date Written: November 22, 2018

Abstract

The goal of this paper is to analyze the innovation space where firms and free collaborators meet. We considered it from the point of view of the intermediation function theorized in the open innovation paradigm and focused on the decisions firms can take in order to shape the in- and out-knowledge-flow for their own goals. Building on the case study of a player in the automotive industry, we examined how the structure and governance of interactions as well as the activity of community managers can influence the final output of collaborative innovation practices. Using network-, statistical and content analysis we argued that different strategies address different motivations and thus generate specific forms of engagement which could be relevant in specific phases of the innovation process.

Keywords: Open innovation, Innovation contest community, Open source hardware, innovation management, network analysis

JEL Classification: O32, L62, L17

Suggested Citation

Dametto, Diego and Dametto, Diego, Managing the Innovation Space. How Firms Can Shape Collaboration Practices in the Context of Innovation Communities (November 22, 2018). HIIG Discussion Paper Series No. 2018-04, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3289107 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3289107

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