Collaborative Innovation. From Action to Knowledge. Blade.org: A Collaborative Community. Launched by IBM and Intel in February 2006 Purpose is to find market applications for IBM’s new bladecenter technology
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From Action to Knowledge
Functional Organization (U Form)
Divisional Organization (M Form)
Multi-Firm Network Organization
How to Achieve Continuous Innovation Across Industries
Can This Be Accomplished by a Multi-Firm Collaborative Community (or ‘Collaborative Innovation Network’)?
Collaboration is a multi-party process characterized by
Collaboration is different from, and arguably more demanding than, cooperation.
Teece (Strategic Management Journal, 2007)
Grewal & Slotegraaf (Decision Sciences, 2007)
Organizations are goal-directed, boundary- maintaining, activity systems. Their main building blocks are:
1.The multi-firm collaborative community is the newest form of organizing. The research literature is growing, and there are real-life examples.
2.The main design features (strategies, capabilities, structures, processes) are known. Now we need hypothesis-testing research.
3.Collaborative communities can be strong competitors and collaborators simultaneously – true co-opetition.
Is a multi-firm collaborative community, such as that of Blade.org, a new organizational form? Can you anticipate the next organizational form?
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