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Implementing Innovation Partnerships: Influencing factors and their consequences
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.).
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.).
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Implementerande av innovationspartnerskap : Påverkande faktorer och deras konsekvenser (Swedish)
Abstract [sv]

Innovation har visat sig vara nödvändigt för ett företags överlevnad. I dagens samhälle sker utvecklingen snabbare än någonsin tidigare vilket har lett till att många företag undersöker nya sätt att innovera. De senare åren har många företag ingått innovationspartnerskap för att stärka sitt innovationsarbete. Partnerskapet gör det möjlig att ta del av andras tillgångar och kunskap vilket kan ge fler idéer och insikter samtidigt som det kan göra att innovationsprocessen går snabbare.Syftet med detta arbete var att undersöka vilka faktorer som kommer att påverka implementeringen av ett innovationspartnerskap i byggbranschen, samt vilka konsekvenser dessa faktorer skulle få. Arbetet genomfördes i samarbete med Skanska Sverige på verksamhetsgrenen Skanska Industrial Solutions (SIS). Skanska Sverige är ett av de största byggbolagen i Sverige och SIS är den verksamhetsgren som tillverkar asfalt, betong, grus och sten, driftar vägar samt hyr ut byggutrustning. Data samlades in via semistrukturerade intervjuer och observationer, samt genom att genomföra en workshop och ta del av internt material.Den insamlade datan analyserades och jämfördes med tidigare litteratur inom området. Analysen resulterade i flertalet slutsatser. Elva faktorer som kan påverka implementeringen av innovationspartnerskap identifierades och till varje faktor hittades en eller flera konsekvenser. De identifierade faktorerna delades in i tre kategorier då de var beroende av eller hade en anknytning till dessa kategorier. De tre kategorierna är: Intern innovationsstrategi, projektbaserat och organisationsstruktur. Slutsatserna, liksom resultaten och analysen, har slutligen legat till grund för rekommendationer till SIS om vilka åtgärder som ska vidtas för att lyckas med implementering av innovationspartnerskap.Nyckelord: Innovationspartnerskap, innovationsledning, partnerskapsledning, implementering av partnerskap, byggbranschen

Abstract [en]

Innovation has shown to be essential for a company’s survival. In today’s society, development of new technology is faster than ever before, which has led to that many companies are searching for new ways to innovate. In the latest years, companies have entered innovation partnerships to strengthen their innovativeness. Partnerships make it possible to use assets and knowledge from other firms, which may result in new ideas and insights as well as making the innovation process faster.The purpose of this thesis was to investigate what factors that will influence the implementation of innovation partnerships in a construction firm, and what consequences these factors will have. The thesis was performed in collaboration with Skanska Sweden at the operational area Skanska Industrial Solutions (SIS). Skanska Sweden is one of the largest construction companies in Sweden, and SIS is the operational area producing asphalt, concrete, gravel/stone, laying out asphalt, performing operation and maintenance of roads and rents out construction machines. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and observations, as well as taking part of the internal material, and by conducting a workshop.The collected data was analysed and compared with previous literature in the area which resulted in several conclusions. Eleven factors were identified as having an impact on the implementation of innovation partnerships, and each of the factors had one or more consequences. The identified factors were divided into three categories: Internal Innovation Strategy, Project-based and Organisational Structure, based on their dependence or connection to each category. The conclusions, as well as the results and analysis, has finally been the basis for recommendations to SIS on which actions to take in order to succeed with the implementation of innovation partnerships.Keywords: Innovation Partnership, Innovation Management, Managing Partnerships, Implementation of Partnerships, Construction

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 75
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TRITA-ITM-EX ; 2018:461
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Mechanical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-230719OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-230719DiVA, id: diva2:1218837
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Available from: 2018-06-15 Created: 2018-06-15 Last updated: 2018-06-15Bibliographically approved

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