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External Knowledge Acquisition And Transfer From Innovation Clusters To Central R&D Unit: The Mediating Role Of R&D Listening Posts As Technological Gatekeepers
University of Kalmar, Baltic Business School.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Over the last few decades, the industrialized world in general and the automobile industry in particular was hit by immense changes which strongly influence the management of R&D. Trends such as globalization and sharp competition on worldwide open markets, increasing product complexity in order to meet the customers’ desires for more variety and individualization, technology fusion and cross industry innovations, high level of technological and competitive uncertainty, increasing pressure to reduce R&D budgets, and shorter time to market and reduced innovation cycles in consequence of rising competition, force companies to source external knowledge and to bring in and exploit outside-in innovations instead of reinventing them their selves. In the same way, the Open Innovation concept highlights the need for organizations to open up their innovation processes. As a consequence, many R&D organizations are being transformed in order to meet the upcoming challenges and established technological listening posts to source external knowledge in centers of technological excellence and innovation.

This study focus on the knowledge acquisition, transformation and transfer from innovation cluster to central R&D, and examines the roles and typologies of technological gatekeepers. Based on a sound literature review and in-depth qualitative study of the case company BMW, this thesis explores how technological listening posts can take the mediating role of technology gatekeepers and how different mechanisms and typologies for gatekeeping can be deployed for optimal transformation and transfer of external knowledge into internal innovation.

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2009. , p. 145
Keywords
open innovation, absorptive capacity, technological gatekeeper, international R&D
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hik:diva-1183OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hik-1183DiVA, id: diva2:158336
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Available from: 2009-02-02 Created: 2009-02-02 Last updated: 2010-03-09Bibliographically approved

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