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Open innovation environments as knowledge sharing enablers: the case of strategic technology and innovative management consortium

Antonio Crupi (Institute of Management, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy)
Nicola Del Sarto (Institute of Management, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy)
Alberto Di Minin (Institute of Management, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy)
Rob Phaal (Department of Engineering, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK)
Andrea Piccaluga (Institute of Management, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 26 October 2020

Issue publication date: 21 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to understand how open innovation (OI) environments can help organizations in implementing knowledge sharing (KS) practices defusing KS barriers.

Design/methodology/approach

An in-depth case study analysis on the strategic technology and innovation management (STIM) consortium at the Institute of Manufacturing of the University of Cambridge was performed during the 2019 and 2020 STIM program editions. To analyze data, this paper used the interpretive structural model on a sample of 20 managers participating in the STIM consortium, and this paper carried out an exploratory in-depth case study analysis to validate the results.

Findings

The findings shed light on the role of OI environments in defusing KS barriers in the process of inter-organizational KS.

Originality/value

Notwithstanding the importance of KS practices among organizations, only a few studies have recognized and investigated the role played by OI arrangements in enhancing KS practices.

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Acknowledgements

This paper represents the opinions of the authors and is the product of professional research. It is not meant to represent the STIM Consortium’s position or opinions or the official statements of the entrepreneurs and managers interviewed. We are grateful to the reviewers for their insightful feedbacks and to the managers of the companies who took part in our study by generously providing a solid body of empirical evidence. We would also like to express our deepest gratitude to the Institute of Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge and the STIM Consortium for the support given.

Citation

Crupi, A., Del Sarto, N., Di Minin, A., Phaal, R. and Piccaluga, A. (2021), "Open innovation environments as knowledge sharing enablers: the case of strategic technology and innovative management consortium", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 25 No. 5, pp. 1263-1286. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-06-2020-0419

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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