IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Situational Logic: An Analysis Of Open Innovation Using Corporate Accelerators



    () (Centre for Innovative Practice, School of Business, Faculty of Business & Law, Edith Cowan University, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup 6027, Western Australia, Australia)


    () (#x2020;Alexander von Humboldt-Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Oberwallstraße 9, 10117 Berlin, Germany)


Open innovation is an innovation framework proposing that established firms use external sources as pathways to new ideas, technologies, business models and markets. Within this framework, established companies can use startups, or young, growth-oriented business to help them achieve radical or breakthrough innovations. In this paper, we focus on established firms which use “corporate accelerators” to run fast-moving, competitive programs in which startup companies participate. Our purpose is to identify inhibitors to the collaboration between established firms and startups in these accelerator programs. We conducted 27 interviews with participants from startups, established companies using startups as innovators, and the accelerator management who provided the platform for this engagement. Our theoretical framework is the social realist theory of Margaret Archer. This provides a conceptualisation of the reflexivity of the participants and the “situational logic” of conflict and competition in which they find themselves. We found that collaboration will be inhibited by conflicts in basic beliefs, or propositions, about concepts such as authority, autonomy and risk, as well as competition for material resources and personal goals.

Suggested Citation

  • Paul Jackson & Nancy Richter, 2017. "Situational Logic: An Analysis Of Open Innovation Using Corporate Accelerators," International Journal of Innovation Management (ijim), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 21(07), pages 1-21, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:ijimxx:v:21:y:2017:i:07:n:s1363919617500621
    DOI: 10.1142/S1363919617500621

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Zedan Hatush & Martin Skitmore, 1997. "Criteria for contractor selection," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(1), pages 19-38.
    2. Cooper, Arnold C. & Schendel, Dan, 1976. "Strategic responses to technological threats," Business Horizons, Elsevier, vol. 19(1), pages 61-69, February.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. Moschner, Sandra-Luisa & Herstatt, Cornelius, 2017. "All that glitters is not gold: How motives for open innovation collaboration with startups diverge from action in corporate accelerators," Working Papers 102, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Institute for Technology and Innovation Management.


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:wsi:ijimxx:v:21:y:2017:i:07:n:s1363919617500621. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Tai Tone Lim). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.