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Non-science based innovativeness: On Capabilities relevant to generate profitable novelty
Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Dynamics.
2005 (English)In: Perspectives on Economic Political and Social Integration, ISSN 1233-6009, Vol. 11, no 1/2, 123-170 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The starting point of the paper is the widely held assumption that the ability to permanently generate and market innovations is one major precondition to maintain competitiveness of European based units and thus to contribute to employment. The authors argue that R&D in the established sense is only one and mostly not the most important asset for an organisation's innovativeness. Drawing on the literature on dynamic capabilities a concept of innovation enabling capabilities is introduced. It is composed of two dimensions, transformative and configurational capabilities. The former focuses on the enduring ability of an organisation to transform globally available general knowledge into locally specific knowledge and competence, the latter on the enduring ability to synthesise novelty by creating new configurations of knowledge, artefacts and actors. Three specific aspects of configurational capabilities are established, cognitive: configuring distributed knowledge of different kind; organisational: configuring distributed actors and other repositories of knowledge and knowhow; and design: configuring functional features and solutions. The distinction between transformative and configurational capabilities is strictly analytical; empirically the two dimensions are tightly interwoven. And innovations require both. The different dimensions of innovation enabling capabilities are illustrated drawing on examples from a selection of company case studies conducted during the PILOT project.

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2005. Vol. 11, no 1/2, 123-170 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-66732OAI: diva2:484509

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Available from: 2012-01-27 Created: 2012-01-27 Last updated: 2013-02-26Bibliographically approved

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