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Multi level network management - A method for managing inter-organizational innovation networks

2019 , Cap, J.-P. , Blaich, E. , Kohl, H. , Raesfeld, A. von , Harms, R. , Will, M.

Collaboration in inter-organizational networks is a major driver of innovation. Nevertheless, methods that practitioners can rely upon for managing innovation networks are still scarce. This research fills this gap by providing an approach that increases innovation output by intensifying collaboration in networks. An action research methodology with two cycles of action was adopted. The first cycle develops a method of network assessment designed to evaluate a network's collaboration potential. The second cycle iteratively builds on the first cycle and extends the method by a managerial approach to network management on an individual level.