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CEOs in Innovative SMEs: Open Innovation Initiators and Facilitators

Ahn, JM and Minshall, T and Mortara, L (2017) CEOs in Innovative SMEs: Open Innovation Initiators and Facilitators. In: Open Innovation: Unveiling the Power of the Human Element. Open Innovation: Bridging Theory and Practice, 2 . World Scientific Publishing Company.

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In small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), where typically the decision making process is highly centralized, important decisions, such as innovation adoption and implementation, will be strongly influenced by Chief Executive Officers (CEOs). Based on Upper Echelon Theory (UET), which emphasizes CEOs’ limited awareness, this chapter shows that a firm’s open innovation (OI) journey is closely linked with the CEOs’ cognitive characteristics, their past experience and personal network of relationships. The case analysis results suggest that the micro– foundation of OI is deeply rooted in a key individual’s characteristics in innovative SMEs.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Business & Economics
Divisions: Div E > Strategy and Policy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 20:02
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2021 16:29