Corporate Entrepreneurs and Collaborative Innovation in Crisis: The Case of the Covid-19 Ventilator Shortage

The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 146575032110555. doi:10.1177/14657503211055579

The University of Auckland Business School Research Paper Series

Posted: 27 Dec 2021

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Stefan Korber

University of Auckland Business School

Frank Siedlok

University of Auckland Business School

Ziad Elsahn

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

This teaching case focuses on corporate entrepreneurship and collaborative innovation during an unprecedented crisis –the shortage in mechanical ventilators when the Covid-19 pandemic began. Based on secondary data sources, the case outlines the challenges of designing and manufacturing mechanical ventilators and introduces four initiatives, consisting of organisations with often limited experience in medical device manufacturing that attempted to address the predicted shortage of ventilators. By comparing the approaches used in these initiatives, the case sensitises students to the challenges of pursuing opportunities outside a firm’s established domain of expertise and how inter-organisational collaboration affects such attempts. Although the case centres on an unprecedented event, the insights it develops make it suitable for a range of innovation and entrepreneurship-related under- and post-graduates courses. Full paper available at
https://doi-org.ezproxy.auckland.ac.nz/10.1177/14657503211055579

Keywords: corporate entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, collaborative innovation, Covid-19 crisis, resourcing

Suggested Citation

Korber, Stefan and Siedlok, Frank and Elsahn, Ziad, Corporate Entrepreneurs and Collaborative Innovation in Crisis: The Case of the Covid-19 Ventilator Shortage (2021). The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 146575032110555. doi:10.1177/14657503211055579, The University of Auckland Business School Research Paper Series, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3993491

Stefan Korber (Contact Author)

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Frank Siedlok

University of Auckland Business School ( email )

12 Grafton Rd
Private Bag 92019
Auckland, 1010
New Zealand

Ziad Elsahn

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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