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Benefits of holding on to partners for innovation
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
2007 (English)In: The first Nordic innovation research conference - Finnkampen / [ed] Harri Haapasalo; Päivi Iskanius, Oulu: University of Oulu, 2007, 215-225 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Research has for a long time suggested a facilitating role of interorganizational relations for innovation performance. Although implicitly advocating for switching partners based on the evidence of having variety, diversity, and nonredundancy of information accessed in relations, practise suggests otherwise. Firms have found to be interlinked over time and some do not even search for alternative partners. This study adds to prior research by examining how and why some organizations stick to the same partners in innovation processes. We report a qualitative study of organizations that have an agenda of sticking to partners in the development of innovations. We find using existing relationships had several important benefits for innovative performance possible to categorize as 1) effective use of indirect linkages, 2) better prerequisites for unspecified exchanges, 3) providing a fast lane to essentialities by known values and firm characteristics, 4) improved dialogue and surprises, and 5) enhanced enthusiasm guided by altruism. Our contributions are related to prior work on management of interorganizational relationships for innovation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oulu: University of Oulu, 2007. 215-225 p.
, Acta Universitatis Ouluensis. Series C. Technica, ISSN 0355-3213 ; 226
Research subject
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-27406Local ID: 0d87b560-21bf-11dc-829a-000ea68e967bISBN: 978-951-42-8353-6OAI: diva2:1000590
Northern Innovation Research NIR Conference : 08/12/2006 - 09/12/2006
Godkänd; 2007; 20070623 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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