Globalising Open Innovation

Lasers by Dave GuttrideTheme: Business Model Innovation

Dates: 2008-2010

Research Team: Professor Bruce Tether, Elif Bascavusoglu-Moreau

The objectives of this AIM study were twofold. First, to examine the extent to which UK manufacturing firms – that engage in collaborative arrangements for innovation (especially with global partners) and service innovation strategies – outperform firms that do not engage in these strategies. Secondly, to examine the differences in terms of managerial and workforce skills, work-practices and commitments to the organisation of innovation between UK manufacturing firms that have engaged in these strategies and those that have not. The intention was to gain an understanding of the attributes and changes necessary for firms to effectively engage in these strategies, so as to increase their value added. The project was also concerned with how these practices might be diffused from leading firms to others.

The project involved two parts.

  • In Part 1, our investigators focused on engaging global cooperative arrangements for innovation and developing service innovations associated with superior performance in terms of added value and growth.
  • In Part 2, the research focuseed on the organisational and managerial implications of engaging in these strategies. The research intends to discover the differences (in terms of managerial and workforce skills, work practices, and commitments to, and organisation of, innovation) between UK manufacturing firms that have engaged in these strategies and those that have not.
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