A special issue of International Journal of Technoentrepreneurship
The goal of this special issue is to attract research and papers on the important topic of the interaction between innovation, market and organisation. Some time ago, Schumpeter posed an important question about the organisational origin of innovation: do innovations originate in small or large firms?
Prior research has examined if competence-destroying (and competence-enhancing) innovations are generated in small, innovative firms or in large firms. While this research is mostly geared toward understanding the origins of innovation, it has given much less importance to another critical link, i.e. that many of the founders of the small firms would have gained expertise by working in large organisations (or academic institutions) just before (or while) starting their venture. In some cases of new ventures, these same large organisations (or academic institutions) even play an important role by financing the ventures. These issues suggest a much more complicated interaction between innovation, market, and organisation.
This special issue aims to extend our understanding of these complex issues. To this end, we invite papers that try to uncover these complicated relations. We interpret ‘innovations’ to include wide range: product, process, service, organisational, and technological innovations. We invite papers that study these relations at various levels of analysis including team, organisation, industry, and population. We also invite research that uses R&D consortia, alliances and joint ventures as links between innovations and organizations.
Taking into consideration the international readership, we invite research based in diverse empirical settings. These settings could be based within a national boundary or across different national boundaries. Studies could compare and contrast different cultures of innovation and entrepreneurship, or focus on a specific context and explore rich relationships within that context.
Considering there is so little in the practical world to guide managers, this special issue is also intended to influence the practice of management. Consequently, we invite research that is grounded solidly in theory (and in empirical methodology for empirical papers), and also request the authors to highlight the implications for managers. Specifically, authors should shed light on the principles of management that their research contributes.
Papers may include either theoretical or empirical research. Suitable themes in this issue include but are not limited to the following:
- Do innovations follow or precede venture formation?
- Do entrepreneurs' prior organisations finance new ventures? If so, what are the antecedents and consequences of this financing?
- How do ventures develop their own research capabilities independent of their founders' capabilities? Is this process influenced by venture's relationships with other organisations?
- What role do R&D consortia, alliances and joint ventures play in generating innovations within a new venture? And, are these roles of consortia, alliances, and joint ventures different when a large firm forms these ties?
Papers must be received no later than: 31 January 2008