Keeping alive inter-organisational innovation through the interplay of organisational identities
Paper in proceedings, 2017

This paper discusses how individuals draw on the strategic interests and motivations of their home organisations in negotiating what activities can be undertaken as part of inter-organisational collaboration for innovation. Through presenting ethnographic snapshots of a case involving fifteen partner organisations, the paper explores how members of a coordinating team make sense of the possibilities and constraints for joint work. As they work together, they continuously re-shape the identities of their home organisations and of the meta-organisation. This challenges previous research assuming the importance of a coherent and stable collective identity for collaborative work. Instead the author suggests that innovation practitioners make space for multiple objectives within joint activities in order to keep alive inter-organisational innovation.

collaborative innovation

identity play


inter-organisational innovation

open innovation

identity work



Jane Webb

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

The ISPIM Innovation Forum, Toronto, Canada on 19-22 March 2017

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Engineering and Technologies

Social Anthropology

Economics and Business

Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Areas of Advance



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