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Inventors and innovators and knowledge integrators
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4233-5138
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2011 (English)In: Knowledge Integration and Innovation: Critical Challenges Facing International Technology-based Firms / [ed] Christian Berggren, Anna Bergek, Lars Bengtsson, Jonas Söderlund, Mike Hobday, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press , 2011, 1, 77-95 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter, we argue that knowledge integration is not just an organizational- and team-level practice but concerns the everyday activities of inventive engineers and researchers involved in development activities. The chapter investigates and illustrates how inventive individuals in non-managerial positions contribute to innovation and knowledge integration. The focus is on inventors who generate ideas and scan new knowledge fields to complement deep knowledge in their own domains in order to turn ideas into new solutions. The chapter illustrates the practices of those innovative individuals, such as combining knowledge across different fields, pursuing individual exploration as well as collaborative search, and participating in formal projects but simultaneously using them as permeable entities to further their own innovative ideas. In this way, the chapter contributes to an understanding of the micro-level of knowledge integration activities in technology-based firms.

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Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press , 2011, 1. 77-95 p.
Keyword [en]
Technological innovations, Organizational change, Knowledge management
Keyword [sv]
Tekniska innovationer, Organisationsförändringar, Kunskapshantering
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-71179ISBN: 978-0-19-969392-4OAI: diva2:445447
Available from: 2011-10-04 Created: 2011-10-04 Last updated: 2014-12-18Bibliographically approved

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