Co-chair of the Professional Development Workshop on "Search and recombination strategies for developing technological and non-technological innovations", DRUID Summer Conference, Copenhagen Business School, DK

Beatrice D'Ippolito, Antonio Messeni Petruzzelli

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Many scholars have argued that innovation can be conceptualised as search process through which individuals and firms search and find knowledge components and combine them in innovative ways to deliver more value to their customers (Savino et al., 2016). Individuals and firms are therefore encouraged to seek new components or new ways of using existing knowledge across multiple landscapes (Fleming, 2001). This exploration can be pursued by overcoming boundaries of different nature and has been proved to be fundamental for the development of innovations in a number of different domains, such as biotechnology, aerospace, semiconductors, mechatronics, and cultural and creative industries. We find that a discussion of search and recombination strategies in both technological and non-technological innovations will give us the possibility to explore conventional and less conventional mechanisms of knowledge systematisation (D’Ippolito et al., 2014; D’Ippolito, 2015) with the audience, thus bringing to the fore the intricate relationship between strategy and innovation.
Based on the findings emerging from prior literature, this PDW seeks to advance our understanding on the main search strategies firms and individuals may adopt to innovate; more specifically, through a focus on the extent to which technological and non-technological innovations call for different approaches, we aim to identify and delineate a number of new directions for future research. Hence, in this PDW, after a brief introduction by the organisers, four different perspectives will be presented by prominent academics in the field, before the subject at stake is further unpacked with the participants. This shall allow us to collect novel ideas and suggest possible lines of inquiry around the pillars highlighted in the presentations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - Jun 2016
EventDRUID Society Conference - Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 16 Jun 201418 Jun 2014


ConferenceDRUID Society Conference

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