nep-knm New Economics Papers
on Knowledge Management and Knowledge Economy
Issue of 2009‒04‒25
four papers chosen by
Laura Stefanescu
European Research Centre of Managerial Studies in Business Administration

  1. Organising Innovation By Ende, J. van den
  2. Innovation Systems and Global Value Chains By C. Pietrobelli; R. Rabellotti
  3. Industrial Research Institutes’ Collaboration: a three-way solution to integrating new research skills By Bienkowska, Dzamila; Larsen, Katarina
  4. Antecedents and consequences of team vision in products development. An empirical By ELENA REVILLA

  1. By: Ende, J. van den (Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), RSM Erasmus University)
    Abstract: Innovation offers many opportunities for corporations. That is beyond dispute. The only question is how to make the most of them. In this lecture, I show what the process of innovation entails; I give examples of successful and failed innovations and I discuss the current issues and trends in this field. The challenges facing companies are how to handle uncertainty; how to collaborate with external parties and how to reduce the cost and time involved. My research focuses on the management of the innovation process and the organisation of system innovation. Research findings show how companies can improve the quality of ideas; how they can make more effective use of ideas from external parties; and whether it is best to develop complementary products themselves or contract this work out to others. I also discuss the specific innovation-related issues of the Netherlands and how these can be handled best.
    Keywords: innovation management;technology management;organizing for innovation;idea generation;creativity;crowdsourcing;collaboration for innovation;systemic innovation;organizational forms
    Date: 2008–09–18
  2. By: C. Pietrobelli; R. Rabellotti
    Date: 2009–04
  3. By: Bienkowska, Dzamila (KTH and HELIX); Larsen, Katarina (KTH)
    Abstract: Innovation processes in emerging fields of technology frequently utilize scientific knowledge and technical skills from several research areas. Likewise, technological development frequently involves a diverse set of organizations including for example private firms, universities, corporate research labs and public or semi-public research and technology organizations (RTOs). These processes spur the need for both organizational and institutional change and adjustment, e.g. in order to facilitate research and development (R&D) and formation of innovation networks. The main question analyzed in the paper is how RTOs cope with integrating new skills in their competence base in the quest for exploring new emerging science fields and technology applications. The empirical setting consists of Swedish semi-public industrial research institutes active in the fields of pulp & paper technology and electronics, optics & communication technology respectively. The results of the study bring attention to three ways of integrating diverse skills and types of actors in R&D networks. These are: organization of collaborative research in formalized industry-specific R&D programs, purposeful organizational change also including redefinition of categories of core research competence and finally by targeting ‘open’ innovation processes characterized by incorporation of both end-users and skills of neighboring technology areas.
    Keywords: Industrial research institutes; Innovation networks; Emerging technology; RTOs; Collaborative R&D; Interdisciplinary; Innovation policy; management and organization; Sweden
    JEL: L20 L33 L52 L80 L84 O25 O31 O32 O38
    Date: 2009–04–22
  4. By: ELENA REVILLA (Instituto de Empresa)
    Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to explain product development performance through the link between knowledge management and knowledge integration. When product development teams integrate knowledge about two external entities -customers and suppliers, they acquire a better understanding of the market and of each other´s needs and capabilities, which enables them to operate and innovate better than their competitors. In this context, our theoretical framework focuses on the social enablers usually associated to knowledge management, and combine them with knowledge integration as to determine product development performance.
    Keywords: Team vision, Product development , Trust
    Date: 2009–03

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