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Managing Inter-Firm Collaboration In The Fuzzy Front-End: Structure As A Two-Edged Sword

  • JACOB HÖJ JÖRGENSEN

    (Integrative Innovation Management, University of Southern Denmark, Niels Bohrs Allé 1, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark; Department of Marketing & Management, University of Southern Denmark, Niels Bohrs Allé 1, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark)

  • CARSTEN BERGENHOLTZ

    (Department of Management, Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Haslegaardsvej 10, DK-8210 Aarhus, Denmark)

  • RENÉ CHESTER GODUSCHEIT

    (Integrative Innovation Management, University of Southern Denmark, Niels Bohrs Allé 1, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark; Department of Marketing & Management, University of Southern Denmark, Niels Bohrs Allé 1, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark)

  • ERIK STAVNSAGER RASMUSSEN

    (Department of Marketing & Management, University of Southern Denmark, Niels Bohrs Allé 1, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark)

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    Literature on innovation emphasises the potential for organisations to collaborate and network instead of carrying out innovation individually. Integrating suppliers, customers and other organisations into the innovation process is perceived as a key to success in innovation management (Chesbrough, 2003). Furthermore, the management of the initial phase of the innovation process has proven vital to the overall innovation success (Kim and Wilemon, 2002a,b). Although the merits of network-based innovations are widely acknowledged, the managerial challenges of the initial integration of external organisations in an innovation network are somewhat neglected in the literature. The aim of this paper is hence to address the challenges that an organisation faces when integrating a plurality of suppliers, customers and other organisations into the Fuzzy Front End of the innovation process.

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    Volume (Year): 15 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 01 ()
    Pages: 145-163

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