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Dynamics in innovation networks




List of Authors: Helena Rusanen

Conference name: Annual IMP Conference, Industrial marketing and purchasing group conference

Publication year: 2014

Book title *: 30th Annual IMP Conference 2014

URL: http://www.impgroup.org/uploads/papers/8288.pdf


Abstract

Purpose of the paper and literature addressed: This study aims at providing new understanding on innovation network dynamics. This is accomplished by exploring how the dynamics manifests in networks for innovation. The empirical part studies the innovation process in five innovation networks from the partner search until the commercialization of a technical service solution or package.

Research method: The research employs a qualitative multiple case study. This study applies process research when studying the cases. Qualitative interviewing was used as the primary data collection method. The empirical data was analyzed with Event-based Network Process Analysis.

Research findings: The dynamic processes of entering included employment of new persons to the company, search for new partners, and establishment of new relationships. Repositioning manifested in making the development relationship dormant. Exiting manifested in exit and removal of actors. Factors that influenced network dynamics comprised changes in the organizational structure of the focal firm, new needs of customers, common interests of actors, lack of customer projects, and exit of the contact person. Critical events that led to network dynamics included change or removal of innovation project personnel, problems in innovation project management and planning, and financial problems


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