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Organizing for Open Innovation: Aligning Internal Structure with External Knowledge Search

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This study adopts the notion of open innovation as external knowledge search and investigates its mutual interdependence with internal organizational structures of a firm’s innovation function. Drawing upon behavioral theories about organizational search and information processing, they hypothesize how structural dimensions such as specialization, formalization and decentralization affect gains from open innovation. Based on a sample of German manufacturing firms, they find higher performance gains from open innovation by aligning internal organizational structures in terms of lower specialization as well as higher formalization and decentralization.

SOURCE:http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2164766

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