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Innovation in B2B networks

Innovation in B2B networks

Collaborative innovation has led to the development of the concept of 'innovation networks' - defined as evolving systems of mutual dependency, based on resource relationships in which systemic character is the outcome of interactions, processes, procedures and institutionalization.

When analyzing innovation on a collective level, concern regarding actors’ heterogeneity and its effects on the innovation process emerges as relevant. However, in marketing studies, this topic has not been significantly developed.

Innovation as a collective process involves a multitude of very heterogeneous business actors. Actors – such as companies, intermediaries, research centers, governmental institutions, trade unions, universities, laboratories, technology centers, development organizations, local and international associations – join together to achieve mutually defined goals.

Hence the need for - and relevance of - this special two-part ebook, which is the first of its kind to examine innovation within b2b networks in two parts. Part one is entitled 'Innovation networks: the key role of actors' while the second is 'Organizing for innovation networks'.

Together, the two parts provide a comprehensive resource for b2b innovation and cover:

- Exploring the different sources of heterogeneity among actors

- Exploring the various goals of actors in innovation networks

- Mediating actors’ heterogeneity

- Dynamics of an innovation network

- Business models in innovation networks

- Coordination in innovation networks

- Different types of innovation networks


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