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Innovera eller stagnera!: Öppen innovation inom tillverkande små och medelstora företag i Småland
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Titel: Innovate or Stagnate! – Open innovation in manufacturing small and medium-sized businesses in Småland.

The purpose of the study is that, from a leadership perspective (innovation

management), create a better understanding of open innovation in manufacturing small and medium-sized enterprises. The study therefore intends to contribute to the understanding of how open innovation processes leads to greater innovation in manufacturing small and medium sized businesses.

We have used a qualitative research method and adopted an abductive

approach. We made interpretations and created meaning based on our research results.

Our theoretical framework is based primarily on Chesbroughs (2003) research on open innovation. Based on this model, we have selected a number of other theories, which we perceived as prerequisites for small and

medium sized companies in open innovation processes. Hence, we have

chosen innovation management and cooperation and networking.

We interviewed the leaders in manufacturing small and medium-sized

enterprises. We have used two groups where one group represents

leaders in the manufacturing industry in Torsås (group 1). Group 2 is represented by companies working with open innovation or know what open innovation is.

There are several factors that affect an open innovation process in small

and medium enterprises in the manufacturing sector. The leader has a vital

role in this context. If the leader implements an open innovation model in

the development processes, this helps companies become more innovative.

Open innovation can be used as a model for small and medium-sized enterprisesin the manufacturing industry to create increased innovation. By understanding how innovation management affects and how the leader can work with cooperation and networking, good conditions for adoption of an open innovation model is created. Leadership is everything in an open innovation process, which also affects how the organization looks at innovation. Due to a favorable profile or a job for a favorable profile will alsostrengthen the power of innovation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 61 p.
Keyword [sv]
Öppen innovation, innovation, små och medelstora företag (SMF), tillverkningsindustrin, nätverk, samarbete, innovationsledning
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-26181OAI: diva2:626464
Subject / course
Management and Organization
Educational program
Leadership - Creative, Innovative and Entrepreneurial, Master Programme, 60 credits
Available from: 2013-06-20 Created: 2013-06-09 Last updated: 2013-06-20Bibliographically approved

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