Open Innovation Routines and Capabilities: A Microfoundations Perspective

Randhawa, Krithika, Wilden, Ralf, and Gudergan, Siegfried P. (2019) Open Innovation Routines and Capabilities: A Microfoundations Perspective. In: Academy of Management Proceedings (2019) From: 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 9-13 August 2019, Boston, MA, USA.

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Previous research on open innovation (OI) has focused on the organizational level, with limited research investigating individual-level behavior and characteristics necessary to deploy OI in organizations. Drawing on research on routines and microfoundations, and using a multiple case study design, this paper clarifies the microfoundations that underpin OI within organizations. These microfoundations rest on lower-level managers enacting performative OI routines drawing on their ostensive counterparts. Together, these two routine aspects make up the organization‘s OI capability. We find that the proficiency of this capability is a function of the recursive nature of these performative and ostensive OI routines that is based on learning and generative mechanisms that leverage three memory elements characterizing ostensive OI routines. These mechanisms are triggered by tensions that lower-level managers experience when engaging in OI. In providing this clarification, this paper advances the OI literature by elucidating that OI routines that make up an OI capability encompass both performative and ostensive aspects, and the microfoundations literature by specifying the distinctive role of lower-level managers (as opposed to senior-level managers) and by outlining how tensions experienced by these lower-level managers trigger learning and generative mechanisms that shape the development and deployment of OI routines.

Item ID: 75388
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: open innovation
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2022 23:30
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350718 Strategy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 15 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 1503 Management and productivity > 150306 Technological and organisational innovation @ 100%
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