Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Where and how to search? Search paths in open innovation
Linköping University.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Hasselt University.
2016 (English)In: Research Policy, ISSN 0048-7333, E-ISSN 1873-7625, Vol. 45, no 1, 125-136 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Search for external knowledge is vital for firms' innovative activities. To understand search, we propose two knowledge search dimensions: search space (local or distant) and search heuristics (experiential or cognitive). Combining these two dimensions, we distinguish four search paths - situated paths, analogical paths, sophisticated paths, and scientific paths - which respond to recent calls to move beyond "where to search" and to investigate the connection with "how to search." Also, we highlight how the mechanisms of problem framing and boundary spanning operate within each search path to identify solutions to technology problems. We report on a study of 18 open innovation projects that used an innovation intermediary, and outline the characteristics of each search path. Exploration of these search paths enriches previous studies of search in open innovation by providing a comprehensive, but structured, framework that explains search, its underlying mechanisms, and potential outcomes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 45, no 1, 125-136 p.
Keyword [en]
Search space, Search heuristics, Organizational search, Innovation intermediaries, Problem framing, Boundary spanning
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-265301DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2015.08.003ISI: 000367484100010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-265301DiVA: diva2:865096
Funder
Riksbankens JubileumsfondThe Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation
Available from: 2015-10-26 Created: 2015-10-26 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(742 kB)116 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 742 kBChecksum SHA-512
3e3d44e89048d090ebaa17f417853cf949cea3214dfb18e9a8af5db2ef52a73d9d64779d32d082e58e3c8fd100661622e4060ff3caf5b7e766efc8e653df1171
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Tell, Fredrik
By organisation
Department of Business Studies
In the same journal
Research Policy
Economics and Business

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 116 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 598 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf