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Orchestrating Multi-Actor Collaborative Innovation Across Organizational Boundaries
Chalmers tekniska högskola, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0026-0112
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Building and Real Estate Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5608-5013
Chalmers tekniska högskola, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1396-3984
2019 (English)In: 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization, Emerald Reach Proceedings Series, Volume 2 / [ed] Irenes Lill and Emlyn Witt, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2019, Vol. 2, p. 371-379Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The aim of this research is to increase the understanding of how strategic and long-term innovation efforts can be organised, operated and co-created within a project-based organisational setting.

Design/Methodology/Approach

A case study with a qualitative approach was chosen, showing a critical case with powerful examples rather than representative samples, to draw conclusions from. The analysis builds on the concept of absorptive capacity, which provides a multidimensional perspective on innovation activities in organisations.

Findings

The difficulties in orchestrating an interplay between innovation processes and the construction process in itself is presented. The study identifies effects from introducing new “innovation roles” as well as comprehending implications of collaborative contract forms for innovation.

Research Limitations/Implications

Based on a single case study, and being an in-depth empirical study, a rich description of innovation processes is provided which contributes to generalisation on processes rather than outcomes. The use of the absorptive capacity construct also contributes to a theoretically informed research on innovation in construction.

Practical Implications

The study provides valuable insights regarding how to conduct collaborative innovation in within the frame of construction projects.

Originality/Value

The study of a novel organisational setup, where multiple innovation processes is integrated in a construction project with a partnering contract, provides an understanding on how a construction client can manage the interplay between innovation processes and the construction process in itself. Furthermore, flows of knowledge and effects from introducing new innovation roles are unfolded.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2019. Vol. 2, p. 371-379
Series
Emerald Reach Proceedings Series, Volume 2, ISSN 978-1-83867-051-1
Keywords [en]
Collaborative innovation, Innovation process, Construction project, Absorptive capacity, Dynamic capabilities, Case study
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Real Estate and Construction Management
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-253078DOI: 10.1108/S2516-285320190000002009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-253078DiVA, id: diva2:1324103
Conference
10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization
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QC 20190820

Available from: 2019-06-13 Created: 2019-06-13 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved

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