Reconfiguring networks for discontinuous innovation
Bessant, J. , Phillips, W. and Lamming, R. (2010) Reconfiguring networks for discontinuous innovation. To be published in Technovation. ISSN 0166-4972 [Submitted]
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Innovation has always been a system-level activity involving multiple players across networks and its effective management depends on building strong ties with key actors. such as customers and suppliers. Whilst this is a well-founded prescription for success in ’steady state’ innovation management it raises questions in the area of ‘discontinuous’ innovation where, by definition the rules of the game are changed – for example through the influence of radically new technologies, emergence of new markets or shifts in the regulatory regime. Under these conditions close relationships with partners may inhibit rather than enhance innovative performance and instead organizations may need to explore and build new ties of a much weaker and transitory/ exploratory kind. This paper explore the rationale for extending supply network management to deal with discontinuity and the issues involved in ‘finding, forming and performing’ associated with this. It draws on a variety of case examples and suggests the need for a new complementary toolbox of approaches to facilitate reconfiguration of innovation systems at the system level.
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