Need cars do not come about by themselves. They are invented, engineered. This creative process is more and more becoming a true collaborative endeavor within the automotive industry. but what makes for succesfull collaborative Innovation?
In this Case Study of the German Automotive Industry, Eoin Whelan (NUI Galway) and I- with massive help by Miriam Wilhelm of RUG – talking about collaborative innovation, not to be left unmentioned – look into the front end of the ideation process in the German automotive industry.
In the context of implementing collaborative innovation, a range of digitally enabled infrastructures impact core organizational activities. Automotive manufacturing is one such industry where competitors now openly collaborate, facilitated through new technologies, in an effort to enhance collective innovation systems. We conducted a longitudinal case study of the first open innovation network in the German automotive industry to determine how online and offline channels interact to fuel firms’ joint search for external ideas. Delving into the physical, virtual and cognitive enablers of collaborative innovation, our findings suggest that, while online platforms can help to facilitate knowledge sharing processes that promote collaborative innovation, firms implementing digitally enabled collaborative ideation need to develop additional mechanisms based on stronger offline interactions. As such, our findings contribute to a better understanding of how online technologies can facilitate knowledge sharing processes to enhance collaborative innovation. Check it out here:
Aalbers, R. , E Whelan (2021) Implementing Digitally Enabled Collaborative Innovation: A Case Study of Online and Offline Interaction in the German Automotive Industry, Creativity and Innovation Management, https://doi.org/10.11
Aalbers, R. , E Whelan (2021) Implementing Digitally Enabled Collaborative Innovation: A Case Study of Online and Offline Interaction in the German Automotive Industry, Creativity and Innovation Management, https://doi.org/10.1111/caim.12437