Mitigating not-invented-here and not-sold-here problems: The role of corporate innovation hubs.

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From: Technovation(Vol. 111)
Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishers
Document Type: Report; Brief article
Length: 329 words

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Keywords Corporate innovation hubs; Accelerators; Incubators; Not-Invented-Here syndrome; Not-Sold-Here syndrome; Knowledge transfer; Open innovation Research highlights * Not-invented-here and not-sold-here syndromes are present at corporate innovation hubs * Not-invented-here and not-sold-here syndromes have different root causes * Not-invented-here and not-sold-here syndromes result in different consequences * Mitigation mechanisms are unique for the not-invented-here and not-sold-here syndrome * Not-invented-here and not-sold-here syndromes are interrelated Abstract Despite a growing number of Corporate Innovation Hubs (CIHs) in recent years, limited attention has been paid to understanding the key problems that arise among organizations collaborating through CIHs. In particular, organizations often experience Not-Invented-Here (NIH) and Not-Sold-Here (NSH) problems, i.e. negative attitudes towards absorbing external knowledge and towards sharing internal knowledge externally. Consequently, many CIHs fail to deliver and are regarded as "innovation theatres" rather than engines of renewal. By drawing upon an inductive multiple case study of five CIHs, their parent companies and associated startups, located in Silicon Valley (USA) and the Gothenburg region (Sweden), the article sheds light on how CIHs can mitigate NIH and NSH problems in knowledge transfer. Specifically, we investigate the causes, consequences and mitigating mechanisms of NIH and NSH problems among the organizations collaborating through a CIH. These findings are presented in a framework that connects causes and consequences with the corresponding mitigating mechanisms. We also present new theoretical implications for the literatures on NIH and NSH. Author Affiliation: (a) Management Consultant, PA Consulting, SE-111 44 Stockholm, Sweden (b) Programme Manager and Analyst, The Knowledge Foundation, SE-111 47 Stockholm, Sweden (c) Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Luleå University of Technology, SE-971 87 Luleå, Sweden, and Associated Research Fellow at House of Innovation, Stockholm School of Economics, SE-113 83, Stockholm, Sweden (d) Director and Head of Innovation Management Division, Vinnova, Mäster Samuelsgatan 56, 101 58, Stockholm, Sweden * Corresponding author. Article History: Received 9 September 2019; Revised 11 August 2021; Accepted 14 August 2021 Byline: Marie Amann [marie.amann@paconsulting.com] (a,*), Gabriel Granström [gabriel.granstrom@kks.se] (b), Johan Frishammar [johan.frishammar@ltu.se] (c), Jenny Elfsberg [jenny.elfsberg@vinnova.se] (d)

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