Attention as a means to develop innovation capabilities
Journal article, 2020

In this article, we explore how an innovation jam – an information technology (IT)-based tool to generate new ideas from employees in response to a call for ideas on a predefined theme – was used in two Swedish industrial firms, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group. Based on two qualitative retrospective case studies, we explore the notion of attention, and highlight the inherent ability of an innovation jam to promote attention. We discuss how attention can be used strategically to support the development of firm capabilities for innovation but point also to the risks involved. The paper contributes to emerging research on how firms develop the capabilities for innovation and highlights how attention can be used strategically.

Attention

Innovation jam

Innovation

Innovation capability

Author

Sofia Börjesson

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Innovation and R&D Management

Anne Elerud-Tryde

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Innovation and R&D Management

International Journal of Business Innovation and Research

1751-0252 (ISSN)

Vol. 22 3 342-358

Subject Categories

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified

Business Administration

DOI

10.1504/IJBIR.2020.107962

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