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Record number 392935
Title The interaction of multiple champions in innovation networks: conflicts and complementarities
Author(s) Klerkx, L.W.A.; Aarts, M.N.C.
Event 9th Wageningen International Conference on Chain and Network Management, 2010-05-26/2010-05-28
Department(s) Communication Science
Publication type Contribution in proceedings
Publication year 2010
Abstract Abstract In networked or open innovation processes, so-called innovation communities consisting of networks of innovation champions are found at different levels in the innovation system (firm, value chain, and higher system levels). Using a multiple case study approach in which several innovation journeys are analyzed, the purpose of this paper is to explore how these different kinds of champions interact during the innovation process, and what this entails in terms of role complementarities and conflicts. The results indicate that different kinds of champions complement each other, but complementarities are negotiated in interaction, and lack of reflection on each other’s roles may also result in role conflicts. The main conclusion is that an oversimplified notion of innovation communities as unified champions of innovation should be avoided. Constant, active reflection on role divisions and coordination between the different kinds of champions are therefore needed. Keywords: innovation champions, innovation intermediaries, innovation brokers, innovation networking
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