Sharing networked innovation approaches across companies

Christiane Maurer, Rianne Valkenburg

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    The paper discusses a workshop that has been set up to help companies that are struggling to get networked innovation projects started. In a guided one-day setting, three companies discussed their recent networked innovation cases with each other. A step-by-step approach has been used, starting with baseline interviews prior to the workshop up to a multi-part workshop. By doing so, presenting information from the view of the case owners could be systematically compared to the effects of actively sharing information between professionals from different companies. Departing from the ambitions of each company, external trends, used processes and partners, the goals of each company were discussed. Then, the network that would make the value proposition work, was constructed and alternatives were discussed. We describe the approach of trans-organizational knowledge sharing and the way of analyzing the gathered input. It showed that companies are willing to discuss their problems in depth, given a setting of mutual trust as well as shared understanding. The results also showed that the content of networked innovation projects became richer and more nuanced due to the discussions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED13)
    Subtitle of host publicationDesign for Harmonies, Vol.6: Design Information and Knowledge
    EditorsU. Lindemann, S. Venkataraman, Y.S. Kim
    PublisherDesign Society
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-49-0
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
    Event19th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2013 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
    Duration: 19 Aug 201322 Aug 2013


    Conference19th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2013
    Abbreviated titleICED 13
    Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
    Other"Design for Harmonies"


    • Collaboration barriers
    • Early design phases
    • Networked innovation
    • Open innovation


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