You don’t forget where you come from: Linking formation and operations in publicly funded innovation networks

Melanie Kreye*, Zoran Perunovic

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Publicly funded innovation networks (PFINs) are an increasing form of organising joint innovation activities. Yet, little is known about this form of organisation which mixes characteristics of centralised and de-centralised innovation networks. This research investigates how processes of network formation affect its operation in PFINs as a hybrid form between centralised and de-centralised networks. Presenting rich data from a PFIN in the Scandinavian maritime industry, the findings show three patterns linking network formation and operation. The first pattern – well-aligned centralised and de-centralised approaches - in network formation resulted in well-functioning network operation. The second pattern - misalignment between centralised and decentralised approaches in network formation resulted in stagnating innovation activities during network operation. The third pattern - a pre-dominant decentralised approach during network formation resulted in unconnected subactivities during network operation. This research contributes by showing the importance of utilising both centralised and de-centralised approaches and aligning them to enable well-functioning network formation and operation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProduction Planning & Control
Volume31
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)816-828
ISSN0953-7287
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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