Coordinated Attention in Collaborative Innovation

Wolfgang Sofka, Andreas Philipp Distel

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Research and Science foundations worldwide encourage or require collaborative innovation projects involving multiple organizations with different institutional backgrounds, such as firms, universities, or users. These collaborations are supposed to stimulate knowledge flows across boundaries and generate innovative solutions to complex problems. However, we know comparatively little about how the project partners determine the priorities of their search for solutions in the first place and how institutional diversity influences priority setting. Drawing on the attention-based view of organizational behavior, we study attention coordination among partners and the emergence of priorities in joint research grant proposals. We apply content analysis to 227 grant proposals of innovation consortia that received funding in the EU’s Horizon 2020 program and identify distinct patterns of attention allocation. We relate these attention patterns to the institutional composition of the consortia. We find that increasingly diverse consortia shift attention away from technological novelty in grant proposals and towards attention to the innovation ecosystems. Involving SMEs increases a consortiums’ attention to increasingly novel technologies and innovation with large market scope.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Seventy-ninth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
EditorsGuclu Atinc
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationBriar Cliff Manor, NY
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication date2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2019: Understanding the Inclusive Organization - Boston, United States
Duration: 9 Aug 201913 Aug 2019
Conference number: 79


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address
SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings

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