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Innovation Management Challenges Of A System Integrator In Innovation Networks

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  • JAAKKO PAASI

    ()
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, P.O. Box 1300, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland)

  • KATRI VALKOKARI

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    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, P.O. Box 1300, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland)

  • TUIJA RANTALA

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    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, P.O. Box 1300, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland)

  • HENRI HYTÖNEN

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    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, P.O. Box 1000, FI-02044 VTT, Finland)

  • SOILI NYSTÉN-HAARALA

    ()
    (University of Eastern Finland, P.O. Box 111, FI-80101 Joensuu, Finland)

  • LAURA HUHTILAINEN

    ()
    (University of Eastern Finland, P.O. Box 111, FI-80101 Joensuu, Finland)

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    Abstract

    The paper describes findings from a multiple case study about the innovation management challenges of a system integrator (SI) whose operation is characterized by a high demand of innovation and whose focus of integration capabilities is, accordingly, changing from component assembly to knowledge integration. The study involved six diverse case firms, and it applied the methodology of qualitative research. Innovation networks orchestrated by the SI were categorized, according to the way in which knowledge and intellectual property (IP) were explored and exploited in the network, to sourcing (transaction) and co-creation types of networks. The research question of the study was, what aspects of sourcing networks and of co-creation networks support or hinder networked innovation from the viewpoint of a SI and innovation management? After iteratively addressing the lessons learned from literature and empirical case findings, sets of supporting and hindering aspects were presented as implications of the study.

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal International Journal of Innovation Management.

    Volume (Year): 14 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 06 ()
    Pages: 1047-1064

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    Handle: RePEc:wsi:ijimxx:v:14:y:2010:i:06:p:1047-1064

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    Keywords: Open innovation; innovation network; system integrator; innovation management; intellectual property;

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