Strategy cluster guest speaker: Fredrik Tell
We argue that a fundamental characteristic of innovation intermediaries is that they engage in problem-solving through resolving two knowledge tensions: where to search (search space: depth versus breadth) and how to search (search heuristics: directional versus analytical). In this article, we report upon a study of an innovation intermediary (NineSigma) and explain how innovation intermediaries and knowledge-seekers resolve these tensions by splitting the dimensions of each tension into four specific search paths. Based on our empirical findings, we have identified the following search paths: (1) situated paths; (2) analogical paths; (3) sophisticated paths; and (4) scientific paths.
Fredrik Tell is Professor in Management at Linköping University and Director of the KITE Research Group (http://www.liu.se/kite). His research revolves around implications of innovation and knowledge integration for firm strategies, competitiveness and organization. Current research projects include: internationalization of R&D activities to emerging economies, IPR strategies, open innovation intermediaries and markets for technologies, project-based firms and strategy, knowledge integration and innovation. These and other research projects have been conducted in several engineering intensive industries, such as aerospace and defense, automotives, heavy electrical engineering, and telecommunications. Currently, he serves as one of the editors of the journal Industrial and Corporate Change (Oxford University Press). His research has been published in journals such as Advances in Strategic Management, Industrial and Corporate Change, International Journal of Project Management, Management Learning, Organization, Organization Studies, Research Policy, and Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, as well as in numerous edited book volumes (published by Elsevier, Edward Elgar, Oxford University Press, Palgrave, etc).