Innovation performance and partnerships
Çetindamar, Dilek and Ulusoy, Gündüz (2006) Innovation performance and partnerships. In: 2nd European Management of Technology Conference, Birmingham, UK
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The recognition of the paramount importance of networks for innovation management leads to the concept of open innovation systems, which are characterized by a flexible way of firms to coordinate a large number of innovation projects through partnerships. This paper is an empirical investigation of collaborations among Turkish manufacturing companies in order to shed light on the relationship between partnerships and innovation efforts of the firms. Turkey has an established manufacturing system compared to many developing countries but Turkish manufacturers need to increase their innovative capabilities. That is why new models such as open innovations and building technological partnerships might be means of joining into technology race. The findings show that Turkish firms have collaboration ties with other organizations but the existing partnerships have weak impact on innovativeness. They need to find ways to improve their partnerships and in-house capabilities.
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