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
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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