Winning Combinations: Search Strategies and Innovativeness in the UK

Paola Criscuolo, Keld Laursen, Toke Reichstein, Ammon Salter

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

Resumé

Searching for the most rewarding sources of innovative ideas remains a key challenge in management of technological innovation. Yet, little is known about which combinations of internal and external knowledge sources are triggers for innovation. Extending theories about searching for innovation, we examine the effectiveness of different combinations of knowledge sources for achieving innovative performance. We suggest that combinations involving integrative search strategies – combining internal and external knowledge – are the most likely to generate product and process innovation. In this context, we present the idea that cognitively distant knowledge sources are helpful for innovation only when used in conjunction with knowledge sources that are closer to the focal firm. We also find important differences between product and process innovation, with the former associated with broader searches than the latter. Using a large-scale pooled sample of UK firms, we find overall support for our conjectures, particularly in terms of product innovation.
Searching for the most rewarding sources of innovative ideas remains a key challenge in management of technological innovation. Yet, little is known about which combinations of internal and external knowledge sources are triggers for innovation. Extending theories about searching for innovation, we examine the effectiveness of different combinations of knowledge sources for achieving innovative performance. We suggest that combinations involving integrative search strategies – combining internal and external knowledge – are the most likely to generate product and process innovation. In this context, we present the idea that cognitively distant knowledge sources are helpful for innovation only when used in conjunction with knowledge sources that are closer to the focal firm. We also find important differences between product and process innovation, with the former associated with broader searches than the latter. Using a large-scale pooled sample of UK firms, we find overall support for our conjectures, particularly in terms of product innovation.
SprogEngelsk
TidsskriftIndustry and Innovation
Vol/bind25
Udgave nummer2
Sider115-143
Antal sider29
ISSN1366-2716
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2018

Bibliografisk note

Published online: 09 Feb 2017

Emneord

  • Innovation
  • Openness
  • Innovation search
  • Knowledge integration
  • Innovative performance

Citer dette

@article{789e070ef9424ed58dbf255dbf30731d,
title = "Winning Combinations: Search Strategies and Innovativeness in the UK",
abstract = "Searching for the most rewarding sources of innovative ideas remains a key challenge in management of technological innovation. Yet, little is known about which combinations of internal and external knowledge sources are triggers for innovation. Extending theories about searching for innovation, we examine the effectiveness of different combinations of knowledge sources for achieving innovative performance. We suggest that combinations involving integrative search strategies – combining internal and external knowledge – are the most likely to generate product and process innovation. In this context, we present the idea that cognitively distant knowledge sources are helpful for innovation only when used in conjunction with knowledge sources that are closer to the focal firm. We also find important differences between product and process innovation, with the former associated with broader searches than the latter. Using a large-scale pooled sample of UK firms, we find overall support for our conjectures, particularly in terms of product innovation.",
keywords = "Innovation, Openness, Innovation search, Knowledge integration, Innovative performance, Innovation, Openness, Innovation search, Knowledge integration, Innovation performance",
author = "Paola Criscuolo and Keld Laursen and Toke Reichstein and Ammon Salter",
note = "Published online: 09 Feb 2017",
year = "2018",
doi = "10.1080/13662716.2017.1286462",
language = "English",
volume = "25",
pages = "115--143",
journal = "Industry and Innovation",
issn = "1366-2716",
publisher = "Routledge",
number = "2",

}

Winning Combinations : Search Strategies and Innovativeness in the UK. / Criscuolo, Paola; Laursen, Keld; Reichstein, Toke; Salter, Ammon.

I: Industry and Innovation, Bind 25, Nr. 2, 2018, s. 115-143.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Winning Combinations

T2 - Industry and Innovation

AU - Criscuolo,Paola

AU - Laursen,Keld

AU - Reichstein,Toke

AU - Salter,Ammon

N1 - Published online: 09 Feb 2017

PY - 2018

Y1 - 2018

N2 - Searching for the most rewarding sources of innovative ideas remains a key challenge in management of technological innovation. Yet, little is known about which combinations of internal and external knowledge sources are triggers for innovation. Extending theories about searching for innovation, we examine the effectiveness of different combinations of knowledge sources for achieving innovative performance. We suggest that combinations involving integrative search strategies – combining internal and external knowledge – are the most likely to generate product and process innovation. In this context, we present the idea that cognitively distant knowledge sources are helpful for innovation only when used in conjunction with knowledge sources that are closer to the focal firm. We also find important differences between product and process innovation, with the former associated with broader searches than the latter. Using a large-scale pooled sample of UK firms, we find overall support for our conjectures, particularly in terms of product innovation.

AB - Searching for the most rewarding sources of innovative ideas remains a key challenge in management of technological innovation. Yet, little is known about which combinations of internal and external knowledge sources are triggers for innovation. Extending theories about searching for innovation, we examine the effectiveness of different combinations of knowledge sources for achieving innovative performance. We suggest that combinations involving integrative search strategies – combining internal and external knowledge – are the most likely to generate product and process innovation. In this context, we present the idea that cognitively distant knowledge sources are helpful for innovation only when used in conjunction with knowledge sources that are closer to the focal firm. We also find important differences between product and process innovation, with the former associated with broader searches than the latter. Using a large-scale pooled sample of UK firms, we find overall support for our conjectures, particularly in terms of product innovation.

KW - Innovation

KW - Openness

KW - Innovation search

KW - Knowledge integration

KW - Innovative performance

KW - Innovation

KW - Openness

KW - Innovation search

KW - Knowledge integration

KW - Innovation performance

U2 - 10.1080/13662716.2017.1286462

DO - 10.1080/13662716.2017.1286462

M3 - Journal article

VL - 25

SP - 115

EP - 143

JO - Industry and Innovation

JF - Industry and Innovation

SN - 1366-2716

IS - 2

ER -