Title: Systemic innovation in complex business portfolios - a case study

Authors: Martti Mäkimattila; Marita Rautiainen; Timo Pihkala

Addresses: Lahti School of Innovation, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Saimaankatu 11, 15140 Lahti, Finland ' Lahti School of Innovation, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Saimaankatu 11, 15140 Lahti, Finland ' Lahti School of Innovation, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Saimaankatu 11, 15140 Lahti, Finland

Abstract: This paper presents the interaction of different systemic elements in innovation activities in complex business portfolios. The interaction of innovation and portfolio transformation is highlighted based on two empirical case studies. Systemic challenges with different drivers and external impacts are presented. The managerial implication is to focus on dynamism present in continuous change. This study contributes to innovation and portfolio business literature by creating a linkage between the two fields of study and by making the multiple interlinked systems visible. This paper extends the innovation discussion towards portfolio businesses.

Keywords: systemic innovation; business portfolios; case study; complex portfolios; portfolio transformation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIR.2016.074834

International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, 2016 Vol.10 No.2/3, pp.363 - 379

Published online: 27 Dec 2015 *

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