Title: E-innovation: an emerging platform for a networked economy

Authors: Ping Lan

Addresses: School of Management, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 209A Bunnell Building, PO Box 756080, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-6080, USA

Abstract: This paper aims to examine the changes to innovation brought about by the internet, and paints an overall picture about e-innovation. Based on a systematic survey of the current efforts made by industry and academia in using the term of e-innovation and in promoting the concept of e-innovation, it found that e-innovation is expanding traditional innovation in two aspects: application of innovation and delivery of innovation. These expansions are leading e-innovation to become a new platform, which is characterised by five Ds: digital form, distributed nature, decoupling activities, dedication to channel change, and deployment of different rules. To develop further the platform, six barriers have to be overcome.

Keywords: e-innovation; industrial usage; academic research; two orientations; an emerging platform; 5 Ds; internet; innovation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEB.2004.004561

International Journal of Electronic Business, 2004 Vol.2 No.1, pp.93 - 107

Published online: 13 May 2004 *

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