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When to use a centralized or decentralized network approach for collaborative product innovations? The influence of betweenness on the performance of architectural and non architectural innovations

Krajenbrink, Tom (2012) When to use a centralized or decentralized network approach for collaborative product innovations? The influence of betweenness on the performance of architectural and non architectural innovations.

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Abstract:This research of collaborative innovation projects explores the impact of the level of betweenness on the innovation performance of architectural and non-architectural innovations. Data of a quantitative study among product innovation networks in four different industries in the United states is used to test two theoretical explanations on the effects of betweenness. While there are several studies that discuss the impact of different innovation network configurations on innovation performance, knowledge about the impact of betweenness is still underdeveloped. Consistent with past research, the results of a hierarchical regression analysis indicate that innovation managers which use a high level of betweenness, a centralized lead firm, will positively influence the architectural innovation performance. Surprisingly against the theoretical expectations the performance of non-architectural innovations are also positively influenced by a high level of betweenness. Although the type of innovation still has the most influence on the performance. Finally this paper concludes with implications of the study’s findings for innovation managers that need to decide how to organize for innovations
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/61451
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