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Andersson, D. E. & Tell, F. (2019). From Fighting Monopolies to Promoting Industry: Patent Laws and Innovation in Sweden 1819–1914. Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte, 60(1), 123-156
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From Fighting Monopolies to Promoting Industry: Patent Laws and Innovation in Sweden 1819–1914
2019 (English)In: Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte, ISSN 0075-2800, E-ISSN 2196-6842, Vol. 60, no 1, p. 123-156Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oldebourg: Walter de Gruyter, 2019
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-378220 (URN)10.1515/jbwg-2019-0006 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-03-04 Created: 2019-03-04 Last updated: 2019-04-26Bibliographically approved
Melander, L. & Tell, F. (2019). Inter-firm and intra-firm coordination of buyer-supplier collaborations in new product development under conflicts of interest. Journal of business & industrial marketing, 34(4), 850-861
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Inter-firm and intra-firm coordination of buyer-supplier collaborations in new product development under conflicts of interest
2019 (English)In: Journal of business & industrial marketing, ISSN 0885-8624, E-ISSN 2052-1189, Vol. 34, no 4, p. 850-861Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze coordination mechanisms in buyer-supplier collaborations in new product development (NPD) and the influence of conflicts of interest. Inter- and intra-organizational coordination mechanisms are investigated.

Design/methodology/approach

The findings reported are based on a multiple case study consisting of four cases at two firms. Theoretical sampling consisted in selecting two projects with opposite levels of conflicts of interest between the collaborating firms. In total, 38 interviews were conducted with employees in buying and supplying firms.

Findings

The findings illustrate how inter-firm conflicts of interest affect the way firms coordinate both externally and internally. A high level of conflicts of interest related to information leakage emanated in more distant relationships with limited coordination between buyer and supplier. This restrictive relationship is also reflected in limited coordination between the buyer’s purchasing and research and development (R&D) units.

Research limitations/implications

Generalizability is limited, as only two large industrial firms have been studied, but with four projects investigated in detail. The study shows that in situations, in which there is a conflict of interest, external coordination affects the firms’ internal coordination. Conflicts of interest in buyer-supplier NPD collaborations are managed by limiting information sharing, which is reflected in the way R&D and purchasing are coordinated.

Practical implications

Managers need to be aware of that a firm’s fear of sharing information with its supplier can also transfer to intra-firm unit coordination, as R&D may limit its information sharing with purchasing. On the other hand, in buyer-supplier collaborations with little conflict of interest, firms can form close relationships. Such a close relationship is also mirrored in how R&D and purchasing openly share information and coordinate.

Originality/value

This research contributes to an increased understanding of coordination in buyer-supplier innovation collaboration. Firms not only need to consider their external coordination but also how coordination with suppliers may affect the way they coordinate in NPD projects within the firm between purchasing and R&D.

Keywords
New product development, Coordination, R&D collaboration, Conflicts of interest, Supplier involvement, Industrial markets
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-383588 (URN)10.1108/JBIM-09-2017-0216 (DOI)000482299200015 ()
Available from: 2019-05-17 Created: 2019-05-17 Last updated: 2019-10-02Bibliographically approved
Tell, F., Berggren, C., Brusoni, S. & Van de Ven, A. (2017). Introduction: Managing knowledge integration across boundaries. In: Tell, F., Berggren, C., Brusoni, S. & Van de Ven, A. (Ed.), Managing knowledge integration across boundaries: . Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction: Managing knowledge integration across boundaries
2017 (English)In: Managing knowledge integration across boundaries / [ed] Tell, F., Berggren, C., Brusoni, S. & Van de Ven, A., Oxford University Press, 2017Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In a world characterized by increasing knowledge specialization, managing knowledge integration across boundaries constitutes a key challenge for organizations. This chapter introduces the general problem of knowledge integration across boundaries, the purpose of this book and specific contributions made in each chapter. This introduction also presents five themes that connect the findings presented in remaining chapters.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2017
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-282446 (URN)978-01-98-78597-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-05 Created: 2016-04-05 Last updated: 2016-10-21
Tell, F. (2017). Managing across knowledge boundaries. In: Tell, F., Berggren, C., Brusoni, S. & Van de Ven, A. (Ed.), Managing knowledge integration across boundaries: . Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Managing across knowledge boundaries
2017 (English)In: Managing knowledge integration across boundaries / [ed] Tell, F., Berggren, C., Brusoni, S. & Van de Ven, A., Oxford University Press, 2017Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter discusses the implications of knowledge specialization in relation to five types of knowledge boundaries (individual, domain-specific, task-oriented, spatial, and temporal), and mechanisms that potentially could be used to bridge these boundaries. The chapter proposes a classification of boundary-bridging mechanisms based on combining the dimensions of knowledge articulability and learning activity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2017
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-282447 (URN)978-01-98-78597-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-05 Created: 2016-04-05 Last updated: 2016-10-21
Tell, F., Berggren, C., Brusoni, S. & Van de Ven, A. (Eds.). (2017). Managing knowledge integration across boundaries. Oxford University Press
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2017 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The increasing specialization of knowledge is a defining feature of the global economy and creates opportunities for efficiency gains and economic growth. However, as knowledge becomes more specialized, the need for integration of specialized knowledge also increases. At the same time, knowledge integration – the purposeful combination of specialized and complementary knowledge to achieve specific tasks – is becoming increasingly important for organizations facing rapidly changing institutional environments, globalized markets and fast-paced technological developments. The increasing complexity and relevance of the knowledge integration problem is apparent in emerging new fields of research, such as open innovation, or the merging of existing ones, e.g. organizational learning and strategy. In global competition, the successful management of knowledge integration underpins firms’ ability to innovate, generate profit, grow and, ultimately, survive. This book provides conceptual contributions as well as empirical studies that examine knowledge integration essentially as a ‘boundary’ problem. This book put forward a consistent set of ideas, methods and tools useful to interpret, analyze and act upon the processes of knowledge integration across boundaries. This book addresses the challenges associated with how knowledge integration can be managed across boundaries. It offers analyses of key concepts such as knowledge boundaries, boundary objects, trans-specialist understanding, boundary spanning, absorptive capacity and knowledge creation in relation to knowledge integration. The book also provides rich empirical descriptions of knowledge integration across boundaries at different organizational levels of analyses in a range of settings and industries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2017
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-282433 (URN)9780198785972 (ISBN)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, M2006-0231:1-PK
Available from: 2016-04-05 Created: 2016-04-05 Last updated: 2019-09-20Bibliographically approved
Bengtsson, L., Lakemond, N., Laursen, K. & Tell, F. (2017). Open innovation: Managing knowledge integration across multiple boundaries. In: Tell, F., Berggren, C., Brusoni, S. & Van de Ven, A. (Ed.), Managing knowledge integration across boundaries: . Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Open innovation: Managing knowledge integration across multiple boundaries
2017 (English)In: Managing knowledge integration across boundaries / [ed] Tell, F., Berggren, C., Brusoni, S. & Van de Ven, A., Oxford University Press, 2017Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

When firms involve external partners more actively in their innovation processes, managing knowledge flows across multiple boundaries becomes an important challenge. In this chapter we investigate specifically how organizational, knowledge, and geographical boundaries are bridged by two knowledge integration (knowledge integration) practices (project management and knowledge matching). We use data from a survey of 415 firms on open innovation practices to illustrate how innovation performance relates to the boundaries that are crossed, and how the bridging of these boundaries is contingent upon the combination of knowledge integration practices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2017
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-282450 (URN)978-01-98-78597-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-05 Created: 2016-04-05 Last updated: 2016-10-21
Berggren, C., Sydow, J. & Tell, F. (2017). Relating knowledge integration and absorptive capacity: Knowledge boundaries and reflective agency in path-dependent processes. In: Tell, F., Berggren, C., Brusoni, S. & Van de Ven, A. (Ed.), Managing knowledge integration across boundaries: . Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Relating knowledge integration and absorptive capacity: Knowledge boundaries and reflective agency in path-dependent processes
2017 (English)In: Managing knowledge integration across boundaries / [ed] Tell, F., Berggren, C., Brusoni, S. & Van de Ven, A., Oxford University Press, 2017Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Absorptive capacity and knowledge integration are key concepts in knowledge-based analyses of firms. Knowledge integration focuses on knowledge scope and integration of differentiated knowledge; absorptive capacity refers to knowledge evolution in path dependent processes and how a firm’s prior knowledge constrains future search. The chapter discusses the problems of change in these concepts, relates them to the literature on organizational path dependencies and dynamic capabilities, and suggests a synthesis in which change encompasses and involves knowledge-based agencies at various social levels.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2017
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-282451 (URN)978-01-98-78597-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-05 Created: 2016-04-05 Last updated: 2016-10-21
Melander, L. & Tell, F. (2016). Att hantera osäkerheter vid val av leverantör i öppen innovation. In: Lakemond, N. & Tell, F. (Ed.), Öppen innovation i teori och praktik: (pp. 125-138). Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att hantera osäkerheter vid val av leverantör i öppen innovation
2016 (Swedish)In: Öppen innovation i teori och praktik / [ed] Lakemond, N. & Tell, F., Studentlitteratur AB, 2016, p. 125-138Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Öppen innovation innebär att företag står inför valet av olika partner att samarbeta med. Ofta kan leverantörer vara en viktig partner i öppen innovation. I detta kapitel diskuteras vilka avvägningar som kan behöva göras vid val av leverantör

till utvecklingssamarbeten och hur osäkerheter – teknologiska, kommersiella, organisatoriska och sociala – kan påverka detta val. Utifrån en fallstudie av utvecklingen av ett energilager visas i kapitlet hur dessa typer av osäkerhet kan påverka i utvärderingen av potentiella leverantörer i samarbeten som kännetecknas av öppen innovation. Kapitlet visar att osäkerhet behöver hanteras i kontexten av öppen innovation och att denna hantering med fördel sker i en tidig fas av projektet, under utvärderingen av möjliga leverantörer. Det ökar möjligheten för inköpande företag att fokusera på de förmågor som är viktiga för det specifika samarbetet i öppen innovation och möjligheten att undvika obehagliga överraskningar.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Studentlitteratur AB, 2016
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-282443 (URN)978-91-44-11242-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-05 Created: 2016-04-05 Last updated: 2016-04-05
Bengtsson, L., Lakemond, N. & Tell, F. (2016). Hur arbetar svenska företag med öppen innovation?. In: Lakemond, N. & Tell, F. (Ed.), Öppen innovation i teori och praktik: (pp. 37-51). Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hur arbetar svenska företag med öppen innovation?
2016 (Swedish)In: Öppen innovation i teori och praktik / [ed] Lakemond, N. & Tell, F., Studentlitteratur AB, 2016, p. 37-51Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Hur ser öppen innovation ut i svenska företag? Hur organiserar de för öppen innovation och vilka effekter har öppenheten på innovationsförmågan? I detta kapitel redovisas resultat från en enkät till 176 svenska företag som integrerar externa teknologier och partner i sina innovationsprocesser. Studien visar att företag har främst offensiva skäl till att satsa på öppen innovation. Kapitlet visar också hur företag kan vara öppna i fyra dimensioner: organisatoriskt, längs innovationsprocessen, avseende kunskapsinnehåll samt vad avser lokalisering av partner. Analysen visar att öppenhet i dessa dimensioner påverkar innovationsförmågan positivt och att användandet av olika metoder och arbetssätt kan förstärka positiva effekter av öppen innovation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Studentlitteratur AB, 2016
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-282438 (URN)978-91-44-11242-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-05 Created: 2016-04-05 Last updated: 2016-04-05
Lakemond, N., Bengtsson, L., Laursen, K. & Tell, F. (2016). Match & Manage: The use of knowledge matching and project management to integrate knowledge in collaborative inbound open innovation. Industrial and Corporate Change, 25(2), 333-352
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Match & Manage: The use of knowledge matching and project management to integrate knowledge in collaborative inbound open innovation
2016 (English)In: Industrial and Corporate Change, ISSN 0960-6491, E-ISSN 1464-3650, Vol. 25, no 2, p. 333-352Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite mounting evidence on the potential benefits of inbound open innovation, little is known about how firms purposefully manage inflows of knowledge. We investigate the use of two knowledge governance procedures—project management and knowledge matching—in collaborative inbound open innovation. Our findings suggest that, in addition to “knowledge-precursors,” which the literature on open innovation and absorptive capacity has shown to be important for the integration of external knowledge, the firm’s choice of knowledge governance matters for innovation performance.

National Category
Social Sciences Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-281120 (URN)10.1093/icc/dtw004 (DOI)000374233900008 ()
Projects
Knowledge integration in Open Innovation
Funder
Riksbankens JubileumsfondVINNOVA
Available from: 2016-03-18 Created: 2016-03-18 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
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