Title: Governance of small consortia for innovation: a multiple-case study analysis

Authors: Michele Coletti; Paolo Landoni; Raffaella Cagliano

Addresses: Grenoble Ecole de Management, Grenoble, France ' Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy ' Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

Abstract: The diffusion and importance of open and collaborative innovation are widely acknowledged. Generally, policy makers launch programs fostering collaboration without awareness of the factors surrounding the collaborations. Moreover, while linkages between two organisations (dyadic relationships) have been largely explored, collaborative innovation carried out through formal multi-party alliances such as consortia is less well-known. In particular, there is little literature about the role of the administrative committee (i.e., the joint steering committee managing the consortium) and its impact on governance. A multi-case analysis of three small consortia in their initial phases reveals which forms of governance matter, how they interplay with each other and explains the role and boundaries of the administrative committee.

Keywords: collaborative innovation; management of alliances; consortium governance; interorganisational trust; Reti di Imprese.

DOI: 10.1504/IJC.2018.091499

International Journal of Competitiveness, 2018 Vol.1 No.3, pp.238 - 256

Received: 27 Jun 2017
Accepted: 15 Oct 2017

Published online: 25 Apr 2018 *

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