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Recombination in digital innovation: Challenges, opportunities, and the importance of a theoretical framework
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2018 (English)In: Information and organization, ISSN 1471-7727, E-ISSN 1873-7919, Vol. 28, no 2, p. 107-110Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article I argue that the quest to establish digital innovation as a research domain is hindered by three challenges. As digital innovation research we are too often: a) reifying the agency of digital innovation actors; b) developing explanations of digital innovation detached from the specifics of digital technology, and c) developing overly specific explanations of digital innovation. I begin by providing a brief overview of the recombination perspective and considering why this perspective holds great appeal in the digital age. I then engage with Henfridsson et al.'s (2018) value spaces framework as a platform for framing value creation and value capture in relation to recombination in digital innovation. Next, I push Henfridsson et al.'s arguments one step further to discuss them in relation to what I consider to be the key challenges for digital innovation research. Illustrating with some of my own recent projects, I suggest that in order to fully address these challenges we need to (1) develop explanations of digital innovation acknowledging the complexity of sociomaterial interaction in digital innovation; (2) develop explanations of digital innovation building on the specifics of digital technology, and (3) develop explanations of digital innovation based on an oscillation between the specific and the general. The article concludes by pointing to future challenges and developments for digital innovation research.

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2018. Vol. 28, no 2, p. 107-110
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Social Sciences
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medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-147725DOI: 10.1016/j.infoandorg.2018.04.002ISI: 000438325400005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85047019202OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-147725DiVA, id: diva2:1206085
Available from: 2018-05-15 Created: 2018-05-15 Last updated: 2018-10-29Bibliographically approved

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