Strategies For Managing Supplier Knowledge In Collaborative Innovation
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The concept of open innovation emphasizes the importance of inflow and outflow of ideas and resources for the competiveness of the firm. In fact, firms are becoming more and more dependent on external knowledge and collaborations. Therefore, more insight is required into external knowledge integration strategies in innovation. In this paper we aim to identify, and conceptually characterize, different strategies for integrating supplier knowledge in open and collaborative innovation. Six buyer-supplier collaborations in new product development (NPD) are studied. These cases represent explorative and exploitive processes for integrating supplier knowledge in the mid- and high-tech manufacturing industry. The findings indicate that traditional sequential NPD strategies and practices are not sufficient for managing open and collaborative innovation processes. Different strategies and additional practices need to be considered. In this study, two main strategies to manage supplier knowledge in innovation are identified and characterized, namely knowledge absorption and joint knowledge accumulation. The first strategy emphasizes technical interfaces for the access of knowledge and the second strategy the joint learning between the buyer and the supplier.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-88026OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-88026DiVA: diva2:601348