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Open for ideation: Individual-level openness and idea generation in R&D

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Title: Open for ideation: Individual-level openness and idea generation in R&D
Authors: Salter, A
Ter Wal, AJL
Criscuolo, P
Alexy, O
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Organizations are increasingly encouraging their scientists and engineers to source knowledge externally. However, it is unclear how the openness of individuals to external sources of knowledge affects their ideation performance, that is, their ability to develop new, useful innovative ideas for their organization, and which factors might moderate this process. Drawing on theories of combinatorial search, and using a sample of 329 R&D scientists and engineers working in a large organization, we demonstrate that individuals' openness to external sources of knowledge is curvilinearly related to their ideation performance. Openness provides benefits such as alertness and variety which contribute to ideation up to the point where increasing integration and approval costs cause negative returns to set in. We also examine how the R&D time horizon, ties to senior managers, and the breadth of individual knowledge moderate the costs and benefits of openness to individuals. We explore the implications of these findings for managerial practice.
Issue Date: Jul-2015
Date of Acceptance: 1-Sep-2014
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/15631
DOI: 10.1111/jpim.12214
ISSN: 0737-6782
Publisher: Wiley
Start Page: 488
End Page: 504
Journal / Book Title: The Journal of Product Innovation Management
Volume: 32
Issue: 4
Copyright Statement: (C) The Authors
Sponsor/Funder: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Funder's Grant Number: ES/K001159/1
EP/F036930/1
Keywords: Social Sciences
Science & Technology
Technology
Business
Engineering, Industrial
Management
Business & Economics
Engineering
COMMON METHOD VARIANCE
ABSORPTIVE-CAPACITY
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
SOCIAL NETWORKS
LOCAL SEARCH
FRONT-END
INNOVATION
PERFORMANCE
TECHNOLOGY
BEHAVIOR
open innovation
external engagement
innovation
Research and Development
idea generation
09 Engineering
12 Built Environment and Design
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Business & Management
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2014-09-01
Appears in Collections:Imperial College Business School