Challenges in networked innovation

Christiane Maurer, Rianne Valkenburg

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The paper presents an exploratory study within a longitudinal research project on open innovation and, specifically, the collaboration of two or more companies, callednetworked innovation. Nine companies were interviewed to gain information on their motivation to use networked innovation and the challenges they encounter in doing so. They used two network types:elite circle and consortium. Challenges showed at different levels, concerning organization, project and actors. At organizational level, dominant factors determined whether a network could be started at all, mainly concerning companies within highly regulated sectors. At project level, the difficulties of networked innovation appeared in the form of highly dynamic processes to which traditional methods no longer apply. At actor levelproblems already known from intra-organizational teamwork showed up, augmented by the confrontation with different company cultures. The results are currently used as a basis for further research by a multidisciplinary team investigating networked innovation at the three levelsmentioned. barriers

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 3: Design Organisation and Management
EditorsS.J. Culley, B.J. Hicks, T.C. McAloone
PublisherDesign Society
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-23-0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event18th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 11 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 15 Aug 201118 Aug 2011


Conference18th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 11


  • Collaboration
  • Motivation
  • Network types
  • Networked innovation
  • Open innovation


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