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A trilogy on discontinuous innovation. Part I : search

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posted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by F Gertsen, T Sloan, Ross Chapman, P Kyvsgaard
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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Event

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (21st : 2007 : Sydney, N.S.W.)

Pagination

1 - 18

Publisher

Promaco Conventions

Location

Sydney, N.S.W.

Place of publication

Canning Bridge, W.A.

Start date

2007-12-04

End date

2007-12-07

ISBN-13

9781863081405

ISBN-10

1863081402

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed; E Conference publication

Copyright notice

2007, ANZAM

Editor/Contributor(s)

R Chapman

Title of proceedings

ANZAM 2007 : Managing our intellectual and social capital

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