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Collaborative and challenge led innovation

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Edited by Tim Kastelle

Published: 2012
ISBN: 978-1-921348-34-1
Pages: 188


Firms are increasingly organising their innovation activities around the development of responses to specific challenges or solutions to particular problems. This challenge-led or problem-driven approach represents a new type of innovation process that contrasts with more linear methods of idea generation, selection and development.

In particular, challenge-led innovation provides a sharper focus for new forms of collaboration made possible by the dramatically lowered costs of organisation via the web. This is allowing large, globally dispersed companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Pfizer and IBM to define challenges related to business, social or technical issues and bring together individuals with diverse skills, expertise and perspectives to brainstorm and problem-solve. In this way, web-based tools and the new forms of collaboration they support are making the boundaries of organisations even more porous as groups from inside and outside the organisation can form to address specific challenges.

Other tools such as rapid prototyping and simulation and visualisation applications, including virtual worlds, are facilitating more effective collaboration by allowing geographically dispersed groups to examine, discuss and improve virtual representations of new products, methods and services without the need for physical co-location. These innovation technologies can rapidly and significantly lower the cost of idea development, reducing time to market and improving returns on innovation investments.

This special issue seeks to combine practitioner reports from the ‘front line’ of collaborative and challenge-led innovation with theoretical and analytical descriptions of these new approaches:

  1. Describe contemporary innovation practice in organisations in terms of collaborative and/or challenge-led innovation; or
  2. Develop theoretical or analytical models of collaborative and/or challenge-led innovation; or
  3. A combination of the above.

While preference is given to empirical papers, insightful reviews and conceptual pieces appear on:

  • To what degree can online collaboration replace face-to-face brainstorming and other forms of physical interaction?
  • What are the best methods for organising activities around the development of responses to specific challenges or the solution of particular problems?
  • What technologies and tools are most effective in supporting collaborative and/or challenge-led innovation?
  • Are new metrics needed to measure the benefits of collaborative and/or challenge-led innovation?
  • What are the difficulties in facilitating collaboration amongst people with diverse cultures, skill sets, areas of expertise and perspectives?
  • How does the rise of problem-driven or challenge-led innovation compare to previous generations of the innovation process employed by organisations?

Table of Contents

Open innovation for SMEs in developing countries – An intermediated communication network model for collaboration beyond obstacles
– Petar Vrgovic, Predrag Vidicki, Brian Glassman and Abram Walton

International cooperation on innovation: Firm-level evidence from two European countries
– Pedro de Faria and Tobias Schmidt

Coalition building dynamics in video format wars
– Didier Calcei and Zouhaïer M’Chirgui

Structural embeddedness and innovation performance: Capitalizing on social brokerage in high-tech clusters
– Yen-Ting Helena Chiu and Ting-Lin Lee

Effects of SME collaboration on R&D in the service sector in open innovation
– Yongyoon Suh and Moon-Soo Kim

Brokerage functions in a virtual idea generation platform: Possibilities for collective creativity?
– Satu Parjanen, Lea Hennala and Suvi Konsti-Laakso

Technology intermediaries in low tech sectors: The case of collective research centres in Belgium
– André Spithoven and Mirjam Knockaert

Does method matter? An experiment on collaborative business model idea generation in teams
– Martin J Eppler and Friederike Hoffmann

Innovation in cultural industries: The role of university links
– Elena Zukauskaite

Web-based customer innovation: A replication with extension
– Natalia Ryzhkova

The impact of product complexity on adoption of web-based interactive innovation practices
– Wei Wei

Case Study: Web 2.0 foresight for innovation policy: A case of strategic agenda setting in European innovation
– Karel Haegeman, Cristiano Cagnin, Totti Könnölä and Doug Collins

Research Note: Collaborative innovation in emerging economies: Case of India and China
– Da-Chang Pai, Chun-Yao Tseng and Cheng-Hwai Liou

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