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Towards Collaborative Worker-Centric Innovation Networks: A Conceptual Outline and Research Challenges

Towards Collaborative Worker-Centric Innovation Networks: A Conceptual Outline and Research Challenges
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Author(s): Falk Graser (University of Bremen, Germany), Jens Eschenbaecher (University of Bremen, Germany) and Klaus-Dieter Thoben (University of Bremen, Germany)
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 5
Source title: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Information Technology Management
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-019-6.ch171
ISBN13: 9781616921286
EISBN13: 9781466665361

Abstract

Today, ways of managing innovations is changing rapidly. In transition from traditional value-creation within one organization via value creation in static Supply-Chains towards modern organizational forms like Dynamic Virtual Organizations and ICT-based Communities the concepts in managing innovation activities need to be adapted. As orderprocessing in general, innovation management became an inter-organizational issue, originating from diminishing vertical-ranges of manufacture, increasing specialization of research institutions, and the increasing involvement of customers into the innovation activities. Consequently, creating and bringing product innovations to the markets is becoming a networked process of companies and/ or individual workers. Recently, company based innovation has been investigated by several concepts, but human-centric innovation is widely unexplored and a coherent framework describing these kinds of innovation is missing. This paper follows the objective of giving an approach to a model for collaborative worker-centric Innovation Networks, and to state research challenges in detailing this model.

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