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A trilogy on discontinuous innovation. Part I : search

Gertsen, Frank, Sloan, Terry, Chapman, Ross and Kyvsgaard, Poul 2007, A trilogy on discontinuous innovation. Part I : search, in ANZAM 2007 : Managing our intellectual and social capital, Promaco Conventions, Canning Bridge, W.A., pp. 1-18.

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Title A trilogy on discontinuous innovation. Part I : search
Author(s) Gertsen, Frank
Sloan, Terry
Chapman, Ross
Kyvsgaard, Poul
Conference name Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (21st : 2007 : Sydney, N.S.W.)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 4-7 Dec. 2007
Title of proceedings ANZAM 2007 : Managing our intellectual and social capital
Editor(s) Chapman, Ross
Publication date 2007
Conference series Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Publisher Promaco Conventions
Place of publication Canning Bridge, W.A.
Keyword(s) discontinuous innovation
intellectual capital
search cycle behaviour
inter-firm knowledge sharing
learning networks
business innovation.
Summary In this article we discuss the concept of Discontinuous Innovation (DI) and how it differs from incremental (or steady-state) innovation. We propose a model to conceptualise the different aspects of DI and discuss the complex nature of the DI process through an investigation of previous literature, and propose a sequence of articles roughly following the key components as described in the conceptual model, beginning with aspects of ‘search’. We then describe an on-going multi-national action research program established to investigate DI through the development of learning networks of firms in several European nations and Australia. The research progress to date is outlined and initial results of analysis on both quantitative and qualitative data collected thus far is used to explore how companies go about searching for clues or ideas about potential discontinuous innovations, which may either create competitive advantage for, or threaten the survival of the business. Key outcomes of the research to date include the identification of the most common search strategies within the participating companies and some descriptive analysis on just how these strategies are implemented in targeted firms. Finally we describe the proposed future research program and the two papers to follow completing the planned three part series on Discontinuous Innovation.
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ISBN 9781863081405
1863081402
Language eng
Field of Research 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2007, ANZAM
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30032457

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