Time-specific innovation transfer from corporate incubators - Derivation of design options based on the phases of initiation and execution
External innovation units for supporting a corporate innovation system with radical innovations, like corporate incubator or innovation labs, are becoming more and more important within the last few years. Due to the development of innovations within a separated environment, one of the major challenge corporates are facing within this topic is the reintegration of innovations into the parent company. One major aspect that influences this process is the time frame of the initiation and execution of the innovation transfer. Depending on the variable setup of these phases different requirements are demanded. Within this scientific research, different design options for a transfer process from corporate incubators to a parent company in dependency of the phase of the development process were identified and evaluated. Recommendation for action for a time-specific transfer process are derived within this paper, taking effort and potential as well as design options for different process phases into account.