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Innovation contests in IT design: How pressures for innovation may impede innovation
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Information Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9783-8632
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of the 38th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS 38) / [ed] Anssi Öörni, Netta Iivari, Kari Kuutti, Harri Oinas-Kukkonen and Mikko Rajanen, Oulu, Finland, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, publicly funded healthcare has started to arrange innovation contests to improve and transform its processes and technologies to meet the demands from a growing population. However, there are few empirical studies of innovation contests in healthcare as this is a fairly new phenom­en­on. Hence, the aim of this paper is to describe and analyze the innovation contest from an institutional perspective, with a focus on coercive isomorph­ism. The paper addresses two research questions: 1) What institutional pressures can be identified in the case? and 2) What were the results of the coercive isomorphism in the case? The empirical data collected during an innovation contest in Swedish healthcare were generated through participatory obser­v­­ations, semi-structured interviews and document studies. The identified coercive pressures were 1) the contest as a work form, 2) innovation as a goal and 3) scalability in the solution. These pressures led to ambiguity in the form of parallel sets of needs, problems, goals and problem owners. The pressures for contest and innovation inhibited collaboration and information and knowledge sharing, which in turn inhibited the possibility to find a solution, inno­vative or not, to the innovation contest’s problem. 

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Oulu, Finland, 2015.
Keyword [en]
Innovation contests, open innovation, IT design, healthcare, coercive isomorphism.
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-126920ISBN: 978-952-62-0917-3 (USB)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-126920DiVA: diva2:917703
Conference
38th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS 38), Oulu, Finland, 9-12 August
Available from: 2016-04-07 Created: 2016-04-07 Last updated: 2016-04-07

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