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Publication date: 20 September 2021

Frank Lattuch

Considering the distressingly low rate of success in introducing radical new products, the purpose of this paper is to reinforce the importance of taking human resources…

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Purpose

Considering the distressingly low rate of success in introducing radical new products, the purpose of this paper is to reinforce the importance of taking human resources beyond administrative activity leading to stronger innovation performance and the greater use of its people. In particular, this paper highlights three persistent fallacies in human resource practices: need for creativity; efficiency of bottom-up efforts; and monetary incentives for product innovations and to learn from innovative organizations about how to deal with these fallacies.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper details the correlation between culture, confidence, support mechanisms through HR, and innovation by reviewing innovation cases in high-performing organizations.

Findings

Problem definition, pragmatism and leadership represent critical innovation determinants. As a strategic partner HR can offer support to tackle the three described fallacies of product innovations.

Originality/value

This paper suggests a practical means for helping HR professionals to better understand how some simple organizational rules can effectively build innovation capabilities.

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Strategic HR Review, vol. 20 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1475-4398

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Publication date: 28 July 2021

This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.

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Purpose

This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.

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This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context.

Findings

This research paper’s findings suggest that, given that the goals of incremental innovation and breakthrough innovation differ, pursuing each of these innovation types would require contrasting business strategies and resource use. However, industry insights and evidence from previous research indicates that pursuing incremental and breakthrough innovation in a coordinated way, together with implementing dual innovation development mechanisms, can create a solid base for sustainable development.

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The briefing saves busy executives, strategists and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy-to-digest format.

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Strategic Direction, vol. 37 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Publication date: 7 December 2021

Sriram K.V. and Sumukh Hungund

This study aims to analyze the influence of inbound and outbound open innovation practices on firm performance among Indian product small and medium-sized enterprises.

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Purpose

This study aims to analyze the influence of inbound and outbound open innovation practices on firm performance among Indian product small and medium-sized enterprises.

Design/methodology/approach

A cross-sectional design with a quantitative approach is adopted. The data is collected from 213 decision-makers of software product firms through an online survey using the criteria-based snowball sampling method. The data is processed in IBM SPSS 23.0 and analyzed using multiple regression.

Findings

Collaboration with customers and purchasing intellectual property rights (IPR) are the key inbound practices that positively influence firm performance. Outbound innovation practices such as selling out IPR and spin-off influence firm performance negatively and positively, respectively. Inbound open innovation practice such as trade show participation helps in product development and outbound open innovation practice such as spin-off helps in product development.

Originality/value

The study analyses the influences of inbound and outbound open innovation practices on firm performance among software product firms in emerging economies. The research outcomes have vast implications for theory and practitioners.

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International Journal of Innovation Science, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1757-2223

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Publication date: 28 June 2016

Marc J. Epstein

This chapter reports on the results of extensive research into the role of performance measurement and management control systems in increasing both incremental and…

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Purpose

This chapter reports on the results of extensive research into the role of performance measurement and management control systems in increasing both incremental and breakthrough innovation in large organizations. It includes both business model and technology innovation and is based on extensive large sample survey research and field research with leading global corporations.

Findings

The research extends the common exploration/exploitation discussion and describes an “innovation paradox” where the factors that have led to many companies’ successes in achieving organizational excellence and profitability through cost savings and various incremental improvements are the same factors that have inhibited them from developing needed breakthroughs. The chapter also discusses how achieving breakthrough innovation is significantly different in top down versus bottom up organizational designs and systems. The critical role of management control and performance measurement systems is described.

Practical implications

The research provides a new model to achieve breakthrough innovation in large, established corporations. It provides a description and the details of a process – “the Startup Corporation” – that can be implemented in corporations to bring together the benefits of small startups with the benefits of large established companies that have significant resources, networks, and systems to achieve success. By combining these strengths, large established companies can succeed in achieving breakthroughs where they have often failed.

Originality/value

This research over two decades has provided new insights on the differences in the needed management control and performance measurement systems to succeed in breakthrough innovation in addition to the incremental innovation that is so common in large organizations.

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Performance Measurement and Management Control: Contemporary Issues
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78560-915-2

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Publication date: 23 June 2021

Anthony Marshall, Jacob Dencik and Raj Rohit Singh

A recent survey conducted by the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) indicates that as many as 83 percent of companies see open innovation as important to their future…

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Purpose

A recent survey conducted by the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) indicates that as many as 83 percent of companies see open innovation as important to their future growth strategy.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors describe how significant recent advancements in digital technologies have opened up new opportunities for broader external collaboration.

Findings

Business is moving into a new phase in which ecosystems are not only an incremental part of the innovation process but integral to every element of it.

Practical implications

Hybrid-cloud acts as the technological glue enabling open collaboration, experimentation and co-creation across ecosystems.

Originality/value

The research found that the emergence of Hybrid Cloud (connectivity), AI (intelligence) and Blockchain (security, transparency and trust) as foundational technologies for more openness and collaboration has ushered in a new era of realizable open innovation.

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Strategy & Leadership, vol. 49 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1087-8572

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Publication date: 12 April 2012

Seleshi Sisaye and Jacob G. Birnberg

Sisaye and Birnberg (2010a, 2010b) have described the extent and scope of the innovations dimensions as the degree to which learning has affected the organizational…

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Sisaye and Birnberg (2010a, 2010b) have described the extent and scope of the innovations dimensions as the degree to which learning has affected the organizational structures and processes of the organization. Within this framework, extent has been defined as the degree to which the innovation affects the organization's management accounting administrative structures, systems, and behaviors of members or units within the organization. Extent is synonymous with the two types of learning identified by Argyris and Schon (1978) discussed earlier. Thus, the learning in the extent dimension varies from a technical change within an existing system (single loop) to the adoption of an entirely new administrative system (double loop). While this continuum extends from technical changes that affect a single process or task to administrative changes that affect organization-wide systems and structures, we will treat them as though they are dichotomous. As indicated earlier (Chapter 2), extent is associated with two types of learning: single loop (technical change within an existing system, i.e., gradual-incremental) and double loop (the adoption of an entirely new system, i.e., radical-transformational) (Argyris & Schon, 1978, 1996).

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An Organizational Learning Approach to Process Innovations: The Extent and Scope of Diffusion and Adoption in Management Accounting Systems
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78052-734-5

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Publication date: 2 August 2007

Guus Berkhout, Patrick van der Duin, Dap Hartmann and Roland Ortt

Thixomolding® refers to a new technology to mold a magnesium alloy in elaborate forms. The actors that introduced this technology in the Netherlands first operated on a…

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Thixomolding® refers to a new technology to mold a magnesium alloy in elaborate forms. The actors that introduced this technology in the Netherlands first operated on a regional level. With the support of the Cyclic Innovation Model (CIM), the innovation system was able to evolve by developing new innovations, although initially Class 1 and 2 type of innovations. In the future, the Thixomolding® innovation system will compete on a European scale, and it is expected that products will be developed for many different industries.

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The Cyclic Nature of Innovation: Connecting Hard Sciences with Soft Values
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-84950-433-1

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Publication date: 4 April 2019

Indrek Ibrus and Alessandro Nanì

This chapter concludes the book on cross-innovation between audiovisual media industries and three other sectors – education, health care and tourism. It emphasises…

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This chapter concludes the book on cross-innovation between audiovisual media industries and three other sectors – education, health care and tourism. It emphasises, first, the importance of platformisation as a socio-economic and technological process in framing all cross-innovation processes. It highlights how the rather full platformisation of tourism has negatively affected the interest of the tourism industry small and medium-sized enterprises to cooperate with local media and gaming industries in search of new solutions. Relatedly it proposes a generic conflict between platformisation of specific fields and the health of thematic local cross-innovation systems involving media and creative sectors. It then discusses that the inherent fragmentation of the health and education sectors has not allowed their international platformisation, but constitutes challenges to innovators interested in international scalability. It also discusses the reasons why two publicly coordinated cross-innovation processes – one involving the use of virtual reality in health care and another using augmented reality – have given different results – one a relative success and the other not as of yet. At the end of the chapter final definitions of cross-innovation are offered and the operationalisation of the term and the associated conceptual approach are assessed.

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Emergence of Cross-innovation Systems
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78769-980-9

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Publication date: 27 June 2013

Matthew M. Mars

This opening chapter sets the context for the following chapters by first providing a working definition of innovation. This definition distinguishes innovation from…

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This opening chapter sets the context for the following chapters by first providing a working definition of innovation. This definition distinguishes innovation from invention based on the fundamental principles of novelty and value creation. Importantly, value is introduced in the context of diverse impact rather than in the limited context of monetary worth. Furthermore, innovation is initially framed according to various forms, which include product and processes, and various degrees of impact, which range from radical disruption to incremental change. By distinguishing innovation from invention and outlining the diversity of innovative principles, this chapter provides a platform from which to explore innovation beyond the conventional focus on market-based practices within the scientific and technological domains.

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A Cross-Disciplinary Primer on the Meaning and Principles of Innovation
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78052-993-6

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Publication date: 23 November 2021

Ayman Wael Al-Khatib and Eyad Mustafa Al-ghanem

The purpose of this paper is to identify the effect of radical innovation and incremental innovation on the competitive advantage of Jordanian industrial companies and…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify the effect of radical innovation and incremental innovation on the competitive advantage of Jordanian industrial companies and identify the moderating role of technological intensity.

Design/methodology/approach

For this study’s purposes, 303 questionnaires from employees of 30 manufacturing firms were analysed. Convergent validity and discriminant validity tests were performed through structural equation modelling in the Smart-PLS programme. Data reliability was confirmed. A bootstrapping technique was used to analyse the data. Multi-group analysis was performed to investigate the moderating role of technological intensity.

Findings

Empirical results showed that both radical innovation and incremental innovation explain 60.2% of the variance in competitive advantage and that both constructs have a statistically significant effect on competitive advantage. The results also revealed that the relationship between radical innovation and competitive advantage is modified through the high-tech industries. Meanwhile, the relationship between incremental innovation and competitive advantage is modified through the low-tech industries.

Research limitations/implications

This cross-sectional study provides a snapshot at a given moment in time, a methodological limitation that affects the generalization of its results and the results are limited to one country, Jordan.

Practical implications

This study promotes the idea of focusing on radical and incremental innovation to enhance competitive advantage in the Jordanian manufacturing sector and knowing the effect of technological intensity in this relationship.

Originality/value

This study has important implications for leaders in the Jordanian manufacturing sector in general, as the study highlights the importance of radical innovation and incremental innovation to enhance the competitive advantage, especially in light of the technological intensity in this sector, and thus, increase the innovative capabilities of this firms, which leads to an increase in the level of competitive advantage.

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European Business Review, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0955-534X

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