Crossing Firm Boundaries: How Boundary Spanners Search Over Time and Across Organizational Contexts

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Abstract

The success of open innovation depends on the individuals that stand at the interface of the firm and its external partners. These boundary spanners need to cultivate external search processes by searching broadly and deeply across knowledge sources, as well as transfer ideas and knowledge from external sources to their home organizations. While prior work has generated important insights into the performance implications of external search breadth, this research has remained largely cross-sectional in nature and we have limited insights into the temporal dynamics of external search openness. This study adopts a temporal perspective and makes three contributions to the literature on individual-level openness. First, we identify search trajectories and systematically analyze to what extent both external search breadth and depth can be explained by differences within individuals (over time) versus differences between individuals (that are constant across time). Second, adopting an attention-based view we investigate the influence of organizational context and context changes on individual-level search trajectories. And third, we provide some first insights into how external search trajectories relate to the amount of knowledge transferred from external sources to the home organization."

Authors Zobel, Ann-Kristin; Falcke, Lukas & Comello, Stephen
Journal or Publication Title Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings
Language English
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 2020
Publisher Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceeding
Volume 2020
Number 1
Publisher DOI https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2020.184
Depositing User Prof. Ph.D Ann-Kristin Zobel
Date Deposited 14 Dec 2020 12:12
Last Modified 11 Apr 2021 00:25
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/261689

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Zobel, Ann-Kristin; Falcke, Lukas & Comello, Stephen (2020) Crossing Firm Boundaries: How Boundary Spanners Search Over Time and Across Organizational Contexts. Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings, 2020 (1).

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