Determinants of Innovation Collaboration Selection: A Comparative Analysis of Korea and Germany

Innovation: Organization & Management, 19(2), 125-145, 2017

39 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2019

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Joon Mo Ahn

University of Cambridge - Institute for Manufacturing; Graduate School of Management of Technology, Sogang University

Dong-bok Kim

Graduate School of Management of Technology

Seongwuk Moon

Sogang University

Date Written: May 23, 2017

Abstract

With the complexity of technology increasing and globalisation becoming more common, the importance of collaboration in innovation implementation has increased in recent years. The literature has investigated collaboration in various ways, but the scope of the research has been fragmented and mainly confined to single- or similar-country contexts. To address this research gap, this paper investigated the different innovation strategy configurations in vertical, horizontal and international collaborations in two innovative countries: Korea and Germany. Empirical analyses using Korean and German Community Innovation Surveys suggest that (1) vertical collaboration is implemented when a firm engages in innovation to optimise existing core competencies, (2) horizontal collaboration with partners outside a value chain can play an important role in identifying new opportunities in a new market, and (3) the fit between innovation strategy and collaboration type can be differently configured across countries. Based on these findings, this paper suggests practical implications for managers in firm.

Keywords: Innovation collaboration, Comparative study, Korea, Germany

JEL Classification: O32

Suggested Citation

Ahn, Joon Mo and Ahn, Joon Mo and Kim, Dong-bok and Moon, Seongwuk, Determinants of Innovation Collaboration Selection: A Comparative Analysis of Korea and Germany (May 23, 2017). Innovation: Organization & Management, 19(2), 125-145, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3408599

Joon Mo Ahn

University of Cambridge - Institute for Manufacturing ( email )

17 Charles Babbage Road
Cambridge, CB3 0FS
United Kingdom

Graduate School of Management of Technology, Sogang University ( email )

Seoul 121-742
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Dong-bok Kim

Graduate School of Management of Technology ( email )

Seoul 121-742
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Seongwuk Moon (Contact Author)

Sogang University ( email )

Seoul 121-742
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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