A platform for open IT innovation: Knowledge brokering in academiaindustry collaboration
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
While extant research on open innovation and knowledge brokering has shown that boundary-spanning innovation hold great promise, less attention has been paid to how such efforts are established and managed in the context of academia-industry collaboration for IT innovation. The paper thus aims to provide insights into design and orchestration of boundary-spanning IT innovation efforts involving academia and industry. We report experiences from a longitudinal case study of the design and orchestration of a platform for collaboration in a large-scale regional IT innovation program – ProcessIT Innovations – with particular emphasis on the management challenges involved in facilitating interactions between IT providers, IT user organizations and IT researchers. Combining insights from the case study and innovation theory, we contribute to the literature on boundary spanning IT innovation by pointing to the influence of knowledge brokering capabilities in generating innovation dynamics, identifying configurations options in terms of innovation modes, and, providing an empirical illustration of the role of network diversity and size in implementing such configurations.
IT innovation, Open innovation, Knowledge transfer, Collaboration, Capacity building, Practice, Innovation theory
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-88704OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-88704DiVA: diva2:716831