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Anchoring Corporate Innovation Communities in Organizations: A Taxonomy

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  • Bastian Bansemir

    (Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL), Germany)

  • Anne-Katrin Neyer

    (Fraunhofer MOEZ, Germany)

  • Kathrin M. Möslein

    (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Leipzig Graduate School for Management (HHL), Germany)

Abstract

Whereas literature in the area of open innovation considerably advances the understanding of innovation community mechanics, little is known about how innovation communities need to be anchored within organizations to unleash the creative potential of employees. To contribute to this discussion, this article focuses on the still understudied link among organizational integration and its influence on innovation activities and outcomes of corporate innovation communities. Additionally, it identifies distinct types of transition strategies to anchor organizational integration of corporate innovation communities. To attain this aim structuration theory is applied. Multiple in-depth case studies allow insights into antecedents of and transition strategies for corporate innovation communities. Results demonstrate that 1) cultural and structural integration are major antecedents for innovation activities and outcomes of corporate innovation communities, and 2) transition strategies offer valuable patterns to alter organizational integration.

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  • Bastian Bansemir & Anne-Katrin Neyer & Kathrin M. Möslein, 2012. "Anchoring Corporate Innovation Communities in Organizations: A Taxonomy," International Journal of Knowledge-Based Organizations (IJKBO), IGI Global, vol. 2(1), pages 1-20, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jkbo00:v:2:y:2012:i:1:p:1-20
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