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The role of intermediaries in cross-industry innovation processes

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abstract In this article, we investigate the role intermediaries play in the cross-industry innovation process. Intermediaries are external institutions that support companies in their innovative activities. They are frequently used to bridge gaps between different industries. Our research focuses on the question of which capabilities an intermediary should have in order to achieve success in initiating a cross-industry innovation. Our empirical base consists of a survey of 107 European manufacturing companies and an analysis of six collaborative cross-industry innovation projects. The company survey is used to identify the capabilities an intermediary should have during each of the three phases of the innovation process. The cross-industry projects, each of which involves a Swiss or a German industrial company and an intermediary, provide us with analyzable data. We conclude our study by identifying three types of intermediary: the innovation broadener, the innovation leverager, and the innovation multiplier.
   
type journal paper
   
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project CrossNovation
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 11-2011
journal R&D Management
publisher Wiley Blackwell (Oxford)
ISSN 0033-6807
ISSN (online) 1467-9310
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9310.2011.00651.x
volume of journal 41
number of issue 5
page(s) 457-469
review not reviewed
   
citation Gassmann, O., Daiber, M., & Enkel, E. (2011). The role of intermediaries in cross-industry innovation processes. R&D Management, 41(5), 457-469, DOI:10.1111/j.1467-9310.2011.00651.x.