Keeping alive inter-organisational innovation through identity work and play
Paper i proceeding, 2017

This paper discusses how people draw on the strategic interests and motivations of their home organisations in negotiating the activities inter-organisational collaboration for innovation will include. Through presenting ethnographic snapshots of a case involving fifteen partner organisations, the paper explores how members of a coordinating group make sense of the possibilities and constraints for joint work. As they discuss new activities, they engage in identity work and identity play, simultaneously identifying with their home organisations and the meta-organisation. This finding challenges previous research assuming the importance of a coherent and stable collective identity for collaborative work. Instead the author suggests that innovation practitioners leave space for multiple objectives to emerge over time within joint activities in order to keep alive inter-organisational innovation. The author calls for more research into how the interplay of organisational identities enables and constrains the practices of organising for inter-organisational innovation.

liminality

ethnography

collaborative innovation

identity work

open innovation

identity play

Inter-organisational innovation

Författare

Jane Webb

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

International Journal of Innovation Management

1363-9196 (ISSN)

Vol. 21 5 1740009

33rd EGOS Colloquium
Köpenhamn, Denmark,

Ämneskategorier

Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi

Socialantropologi

Drivkrafter

Hållbar utveckling

Innovation och entreprenörskap

Styrkeområden

Transport

Energi

DOI

10.1142/S1363919617400096

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2021-07-27