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Factors supporting knowledge integration in global innovation projects: an exploratory study

Factors supporting knowledge integration in global innovation projects: an exploratory study
Factors supporting knowledge integration in global innovation projects: an exploratory study
This exploratory study identifies the factors which contribute to effective knowledge integration in global innovation projects through an in-depth analysis of two case studies. Knowledge integration is analysed in two components: knowledge (individual expertise), and integration (working together). Our analysis highlights three distinct ways that individuals think about individual expertise: individual knowledge and competence; feeling valued; and unfamiliar areas. We also identify four ways in which individuals think about working together: good social relations; cultural distance; negotiation skills; and better results through working with others. Using examples from the case studies, we discuss how these factors enable knowledge integration in globally distributed innovation projects. We also propose a model indicating how these factors impact on knowledge integration and innovation performance. This study contributes towards management guidance, which is currently lacking in the area of knowledge integration.
1467-8691
408-419
Baxter, David
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Goffin, Keith
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Szwejczewski, Marek
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Baxter, David
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Goffin, Keith
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Baxter, David, Goffin, Keith and Szwejczewski, Marek (2013) Factors supporting knowledge integration in global innovation projects: an exploratory study. Creativity and Innovation Management, 22 (4), 408-419. (doi:10.1111/caim.12041).

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This exploratory study identifies the factors which contribute to effective knowledge integration in global innovation projects through an in-depth analysis of two case studies. Knowledge integration is analysed in two components: knowledge (individual expertise), and integration (working together). Our analysis highlights three distinct ways that individuals think about individual expertise: individual knowledge and competence; feeling valued; and unfamiliar areas. We also identify four ways in which individuals think about working together: good social relations; cultural distance; negotiation skills; and better results through working with others. Using examples from the case studies, we discuss how these factors enable knowledge integration in globally distributed innovation projects. We also propose a model indicating how these factors impact on knowledge integration and innovation performance. This study contributes towards management guidance, which is currently lacking in the area of knowledge integration.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 15 September 2013
Published date: December 2013
Organisations: Faculty of Business, Law and Art

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Local EPrints ID: 377617
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/377617
ISSN: 1467-8691
PURE UUID: c4013487-8496-407a-ba17-9a134eae9b11
ORCID for David Baxter: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1983-7786

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Date deposited: 16 Jun 2015 13:35
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:22

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Author: David Baxter ORCID iD
Author: Keith Goffin
Author: Marek Szwejczewski

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