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International Journal of Technology Management (19 papers in press)

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  • Market maketh Magic Consequences and Implications of Market Choice for Frugal Innovation   Order a copy of this article
    by Lukas Neumann, Stephan Winterhalter, Oliver Gassmann 
    Abstract: This study systematically analysed 237 Frugal Innovation cases in order to understand the consequences and implications of market choice on the characteristics of a successful Frugal Innovation. The results demonstrate that this type of innovation is disruptive to its respective target market. Further, the study shows that firms that want to achieve such innovation tend to focus either on activities along the value chain or the solution (product/service) itself. This distinction yielded four clusters of Frugal Innovation, which are described in detail, including aspects regarding strategy, organisation, processes and technology.
    Keywords: Frugal Innovation; resource-constrained innovation; emerging markets; developing markets; bottom of the pyramid; emerging middle class; disruption; low-end disruption; new market disruption.

  • Product attributes and digital innovation performance: The importance of country and firm level supporting environment   Order a copy of this article
    by Marcelo Alvarado-Vargas, Tejovathi Inamanamelluri, Qi Zou 
    Abstract: The emergence of digital technology has changed the structure and functions of products. Digitalized products are connectable with digital resources, reprogrammable for personal customization, and upgradable for continuous improvement. Digital innovation (DI) not only makes industrial products capable of serving various customers needs, but also brings great challenges to companies. In the literature, DI critical success factors remain uncovered, so do the environmental conditions that support DI. In this paper, we developed a theoretical model that identifies product attributes (e.g. product modularity, upgradability, usage frequency, and uniqueness) that have effects on product DI performance. Further, we elaborated the importance of establishing and selecting appropriate environment at country level (e.g. degree of uncertainty avoidance and degree of technology proficiency), and firm level (e.g. strategy, resources, and structure) for DI. Essentially, this study suggests that interaction effects of product attributes and supporting environments could significantly improve product DI performance.
    Keywords: Digital innovation; product modularity; product upgradability; product usage frequency; product uniqueness; digital innovation supporting environment; digital innovation performance.

  • Analysing the structure of bioplastic knowledge networks in the automotive industry   Order a copy of this article
    by Hyeon Joo Jeong, Youngjoo Ko 
    Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to understand the structure and characteristics of bioplastic knowledge flows between organisations and the technology in the automobile field. However, the existing network analysis method has a limitation in that it can only analyse the structural characteristics and major actors of the knowledge network. In order to overcome these limitations, we apply the bow-tie model. In particular, we select patent citation information from the global automobile companies Hyundai and Toyota, which have set environmental sustainability as a corporate management priority. The results suggest that these automobile companies have a virtuous circle in bioplastic technology. They internalise outside knowledge through strategic collaboration with bio or chemical companies and then disseminate this knowledge. We also find that there are companies that play an important role in the flow of knowledge. The methodologies used in this paper can gainfully be applied to the analysis of knowledge flow in other fields.
    Keywords: knowledge network; knowledge flow; patent citation network; network analysis; node centrality; bow-tie model; innovation strategy; bioplastic; Hyundai; Toyota.

  • Frugal Innovation for the BoP in Brazil An Analysis and Comparison with Asian Lead Markets   Order a copy of this article
    by Christine Wimschneider, Nivedita Agarwal, Alexander Brem 
    Abstract: In recent years, frugal innovation and its antecedents have gained significant attention in both theory and practice. However, the vast majority of research focuses mainly on China and India and their bottom of the pyramid (BoP) customers. Against this background, our research investigates frugal innovation and its reception in Brazil. We analyse six Brazilian company cases (three multinational corporations and three small- and medium-sized enterprises) in terms of frugal product development, product characteristics, and commercialisation approaches, as well as compare these organisations with findings from Asian lead markets. Our results confirm that the principal dimensions of frugal innovation are cost-effectiveness and ease of use. However, the findings also contradict the paradigm that frugal innovation must be essentially low-cost. Based on these results, we propose a twofold approach to the cost criterion that differentiates between the companys and the customers perspective and focuses on value-based pricing. Further, distinctive product features, branding, and specific marketing activities are crucial for successful frugal innovation in Brazil. This research extends the classification of frugal innovation in prior literature and suggests understanding frugal dimensions as a set of building blocks that can be flexibly applied to frugal product development depending on the context and regional requirements.
    Keywords: BoP; Brazil; Emerging Markets; Frugal Innovation; Latin America; Product Development.

  • AI and IoT based collaborative business ecosystem: A case in Chinese fish farming industry   Order a copy of this article
    by Xiaoping Yang, Dongmei Cao, Jing Chen, Zuoping Xiao 
    Abstract: Life below water has been set as one of the UN sustainable development goals. Meanwhile, digital technologies AI and IoT (A-I) have brought a revolutionary impact on humans life in general and on traditional industries such as manufacture and agriculture in particular. The purpose of this research is to showcase the mechanism of an A-I based collaborative business ecosystem (A-I CBE) through an in-depth case study of a Chinese agricultural science and technology company, Celefish. We demonstrate how Celefish has developed the A-I CBE, leading the value co-creative collaboration between the ecosystem participants. Research suggests that the A-I CBE contributes to evolution and sustainable development of the fish farming ecosystem. The research adds contributions to the business ecosystem theory particularly in value co-creation and sustainability via digital technologies. It also provides practical implications for policymakers and strategic management in applying digital technologies for sustainable development goals.
    Keywords: Artificial intelligence (AI); Internet of Things (IoT); Collaborative Business Ecosystem (CBE); Value co-creation; Sustainability; Fish farming industry.

  • A Method Proposal to Support Decision-Making in Unstable Ecosystems: Application in The Brazilian eSports Ecosystem Case   Order a copy of this article
    by Rodrigo Kazuo Ikenami, Viktoriya Lipovaya, Patrícia Gomes, Édison Renato Silva, Paula Martins, Luiza Da Silveira Lobo, Francisco José Duarte 
    Abstract: This study investigated the term ecosystem and its contribution for the strategic management field. This feature fits with the business scenario, surrounded by uncertainties and risk. The leader/orchestrator role is particular important to navigate under these circumstances. Additionally, the maturity stage mindset helps to locate the ecosystem conditions and trends. In order to apply these principles into a practical framework, an investigation was made focusing the ecosystem boundaries. An ecosystem starts from the end user value proposition offer and it should integrate the suppliers and complementors where there is instability in the delivering flow. We argue the leader/orchestrator moves should align with the ecosystem maturity stage orientations. A methodology was tested into the eSport ecosystem and the results confirmed most of our assumptions and propositions.
    Keywords: ecosystem theory; method; ecosystem boundaries; eSports.

  • Resources in Space and Asteroid Mining: Where We Are and Which Challenges Should Be Expected   Order a copy of this article
    by José Antonio Peña-Ramos, Fernando Rafael Ramírez-de Luis 
    Abstract: Asteroid mining is being presented by the media in an optimistic light, with claims about imminent massive investment, a legion of entrepreneurs with their eyes put on a potentially lucrative industry, and a future full of possibilities both for the technologic sector and for the development of a whole new way of doing business with natural resources. But is this a scramble for space a possibility, at least in the short term, or just another dystopian exaggeration doomed to oblivion? In this article we try to present a sobering thought on this phenomenon by assessing three key elements of space mining: the state of technology, whether there is adequate regulation of this flourishing industry, be it at the national or the international level, and the interests which are at stake should the space mining sector finally take off, and how they may develop over time, especially in a conflictive manner.
    Keywords: technology; asteroid mining; natural resources; regulation; investment; entrepreneurs; business; conflicts.

  • Partnering Research within the Construction Industry (19902018): A Scientometric Review   Order a copy of this article
    by Chuanjun Zheng, Yan Ning, Jingfeng Yuan, Xianbo Zhao, Yajing Zhang 
    Abstract: Although partnering has received considerable attention within the construction domain in recent decades, few studies have attempted to conduct a systematic review of construction partnering theory and practice as presented in the existing literature. This study aims to perform a quantitative and visualised examination of the intellectual structure and evolutionary patterns of this field using scientometric method. Based on 788 bibliographic records retrieved from Scopus published in the period 19902018, a scientometric review of construction partnering research is conducted to map this scientific domain through visual analytical studies facilitated by CiteSpace. The scientometric analysis and visualisation of large-scale literature reveals that partnering remains an important topic in the construction industry (CI), and that the contributions in this domain have their origin primarily in the UK, the USA, and China. Research topics covered in these publications concentrate on partnering application and performance, trust, partnering mechanism to strengthen performance, development of partnering model, critical success factors, reviews of the development of partnering research, and construction innovation promoted by partnering. The findings also show that construction partnering typically arises from inter-organisation collaboration in business management, and that strategic partnering should be emphasised through supply chain integration in the CI. This paper explores systematically the underlying structure and emerging trends in construction partnering research, gaining insights into recent work in this domain and inspiring further inter-organisation collaboration within the CI for both researchers and practitioners.
    Keywords: partnering; construction industry (CI); scientometric analysis; visualisation; CiteSpace; Scopus.

    by Daniel Jimenez-Jimenez, Raquel Sanz-Valle 
    Abstract: This paper focuses on the relationships among human capital, technological capabilities and innovation. In particular, following the resource-based view and the dynamic capabilities approach, this research proposes that both technological capabilities and human capital are drivers of innovation for both products and processes. In addition, it suggests that the effect of human capital on innovation is mediated by technological capabilities. This idea about mediation arises from a review of the literature, although it has never been specifically addressed. The research uses a sample of 200 Spanish manufacturing firms to test the hypotheses. Findings provide evidence of the direct effect proposed and also show that the relationship between human capital and both product and process innovation is mediated by technological capabilities. However, according to our findings, this mediation is only partial for product innovation. The implications of these results for academia as well as for practitioners are discussed.
    Keywords: Technological capabilities; human capital; process innovation; product innovation.

  • Can a technology turn (also) into a symbol? The 3D printers case   Order a copy of this article
    by Claudio Fassio, Luca Grilli 
    Abstract: The 3D printing industry has been recently affected by two events: the fact that Open Source (OS) business models are getting momentum, and the widespread diffusion of the Maker Movement. We argue that 3D printers can be conceptualized as innovations which embody both technological and symbolic aspects. If innovations of the first type are solely adopted for their technical utility, innovations which have also symbolic connotation may confer a new social meaning to an item. By analyzing an international sample of 3D printer users, we highlight that adoption of 3D proprietary printers are driven by technologically-rooted considerations, while adherence to the Maker Movement is a key factor behind the adoption of 3D OS printers.
    Keywords: 3D printers; New business models; Social movements.

  • Understanding Technology Transition: A Cross-Cultural Study on the Transition from PCs to Tablet Computers   Order a copy of this article
    by Rahul Thakurta, Nils Urbach, Anamitra Basu 
    Abstract: The developments in information technology which we are witnessing currently have resulted in new technologies as a replacement to those that are in use. This has led to users resorting to these new technologies, often in parallel to the existing offerings. These users then later decide whether to switch to the new technologies fully or continue using the already existing ones. This act of moving from one technology to another is referred to as technology transition. In this paper, drawing on theories on social psychology, we present a theoretical model for explaining technology transition from an individuals perspective in two geographies (Germany and India). Based on survey responses in the two geographies, we validate the model and demonstrate the country-specific factors influencing an individuals intention to transition to a tablet computer from a conventional computing device. The investigation of technology transition at the individual level is also a contribution to the cross-cultural stream of research and provides a basis for further inquiry in this field.
    Keywords: Digital Innovation; Human Behavior and IT; Tablet Computer; Technology Transition; Technology Usage.

  • Identifying technological competition situations for artificial intelligence technology - a patent landscape analysis   Order a copy of this article
    by Xin Li, Mingjie Fan, Zheng Liang 
    Abstract: Artificial intelligence (AI) technology is a new focus for international competition, with countries around the world accelerating major outlay to enhance their innovation competitiveness. Identifying the global situation of AI technology is a strategic issue for enterprises and countries. Considering current deficiencies in research directed towards this, the content for analyzing technological competition situations should be determined from the two most relevant levels of (1) technologys dimension and (2) research and development (R&D) actors dimension, with time (T), market (M), technology (T) and subject (S) as its four elements. This paper, therefore, proposes an analytical framework of technological competition situation, based on the four dimensions of TMTS. AI technology is taken as an example to verify the feasibility and effectiveness of the analytical framework. This study finds that the USA, Japan, and South Korea entered the AI technology field earlier than others. These countries have been very active in R&D work in field generally and have deployed their patents in different fields of AI technology. Cooperation between the main R&D bodies of these countries have already collaborated closely enough in the field of AI technology to form a relatively complete R&D cooperation network. Especially in the USA, not only is there a large number of core patents, but the cooperation density and intensity between its main R&D bodies are also stronger. Although China has been active in the R&D field of AI technology in recent years, the quality and layout of patents in the field of AI technology, and the density and intensity of cooperation between R&D entities need to be strengthened. This paper will contribute to our understanding of the global competitive situation of AI technology, and will be of interest to AI technologys R&D experts.
    Keywords: Artificial intelligence; Patent analysis; Four-dimensional analysis; Competitive situation.

Special Issue on: Artificial Intelligence, Entrepreneurial Development and Innovation

  • Dynamic Governance of Social Network Based on Dynamic Optimization Algorithm: A New Perspective of AI system   Order a copy of this article
    by Fengzhang Chen, Fengwen Chen, Fangnan Liao, Lu Zhang, Jing Zhang 
    Abstract: This study optimizes the dynamic evolution of an entrepreneurial social network. Exploiting a dynamic optimization algorithm-based (DOA-based) AI system as the exploratory model and unique customer-purchase-level big data based on Hadoop, we can maximize start-ups revenue while minimizing the dynamic governing cost of a social network to select the right time to evolve the entrepreneurial social network in the context of uncertainty in customer behaviour and the response of the social network. We find that the dynamic optimization algorithm can effectively improve the dynamic governance of social networks through empirical testing of a real start-ups social network evolution problem. Moreover, the improvement is affected by the exploration efficiency, evolution efficiency, unit resource reliance cost, revenue and profit. These findings are of great importance for exploring the roles played by artificial intelligence in entrepreneurial social networks, including measurement, dynamic research and governance.
    Keywords: dynamic optimization; social network; network dynamism; dynamic network governance; AI system.

  • A photo-sharing social network based on blockchain technology   Order a copy of this article
    by Jiang DUAN, Li KANG, Zhi CHEN, Tao PENG, Yifeng WANG 
    Abstract: The online social networks have greatly transformed the way that people interact with each other, and have salient impact on our lives. However, there exist common security challenges and limitations in attracting users activities due to the centralized structure of current online social networks. To address the security challenges and limitations of current online social networks, we exploit the blockchain technology to design a new photo-sharing social network, in which users social behaviors are stored in the blockchain in the form of transactions. Blockchain technology allows the authenticity and credibility of data to be improved and precludes data tampering. To reduce the efficiency limitation caused by transaction confirmation delays on the public chain, we design a new blockchain consensus algorithm to support fast and frequent transactions. Moreover, a new incentive model is designed to quantify the contribution of user in a more accurate and trustworthy way, thereafter, reward the user with financial incentives, as well as enable the user to easily control and claim the ownership of every photos they share to the network.
    Keywords: Blockchain; online social network; photo-sharing social network; decentralized network; incentive model.

Special Issue on: Emerging Research Issues in the Field of Frugal Innovation

  • The Role of Frugal Innovation in the Global Diffusion of Green Technologies   Order a copy of this article
    by Carsten Gandenberger, Henning Kroll, Rainer Walz 
    Abstract: The paper suggests that the debate on sustainable development and sustainable innovation could profit from the concept of frugal innovation, because both concepts acknowledge the limitations of a resource-constrained world. The complex relationship between frugal innovation and sustainable innovation is explored in conceptual terms and results in criteria which denote potential overlaps between both concepts. Furthermore, the paper analyses world trade data of green technologies to demonstrate the increasing relevance of South-South and North-South trade and to derive implications for frugal innovation. Moreover, case studies of frugal and sustainable innovations are analysed in order to highlight their requirements and implications. Maybe the most important conclusion stemming from the considerations in this article is that the integration of frugal and sustainable innovation principles can breathe new life into the discussion about sustainable innovation and sustainable development in general.
    Keywords: frugal innovation; sustainable innovation; eco-innovation; sustainable development; pro-poor innovation.

  • Frugal innovation in, by and for Europe   Order a copy of this article
    by Henning Kroll, Madeleine Gabriel 
    Abstract: Innovation in Europe is often an exclusive activity, involving large investments to create high specification products and services for elite customers. Frugal innovation, on the other hand, aims to be inclusive, to create value from far fewer resource inputs, and, through creativity at every stage of the innovation process, reach out to customer bases not reached before. This paper analyses how Europe can better capture the potential of frugal innovation at various levels. In summary, it finds that frugal innovations from and for Europe should fulfil three main criteria. First, they should be smart, i.e. truly more than just cheap. Second, they should be high-quality, avoiding an image of poor innovation for the poor. Third, they should be integrated into regional and national innovation strategies as a complement, not a substitute.
    Keywords: frugal Innovation; Europe; quality; cost.

  • Frugal innovation as Environmental Innovation   Order a copy of this article
    by Christian Le Bas 
    Abstract: In this paper we contribute to the literature on frugal innovation in two directions. First, we define FI as a new technological paradigm. Second, we consider FI as an environmental innovation by defining, considering, and drawing the consequences of the economic impact of the environmental side of FI. We suggest a framework accounting for how frugal innovation contributes to sustainability. Finally, we set out the factors driving the implementation of FI, and point to barriers to their diffusion
    Keywords: frugal innovation; environment; technological paradigm; sustainability.

  • The social dimension of frugal innovation   Order a copy of this article
    by Rakhshanda Khan, Helinä Melkas 
    Abstract: In the laypersons mind, the term frugal innovation evokes ideas of frugality, cheap solutions and products designed under resource constraints. Experts in this field, though, share a broader understanding of frugal innovation as the ability to do more with less by increasing business and social value (Radjou and Prabhu, 2014).Various emerging research focusses on its strategic, technological and organisational aspects. However, the core of frugal innovation is its social dimension, yet this has generally been overlooked. The aim of this paper is to explore the social dimension by showing the potential of frugal innovation to prompt social innovation. Empirical material derived from four case studies of successful cross-industry and cross-national frugal innovation illustrates this strong social dimension. In some cases, the boundaries between frugal and social innovation blur as both solve pressing, unaddressed societal needs, thereby positively impacting society. Frugal innovation adds value by producing solutions cheaper than the alternatives, and when costs are lowered significantly, those on the margins of society are often included in the mainstream, allowing non-consumers to become consumers, which itself is social innovation. This paper presents a novel view of frugal innovation and social innovation as closely related. The umbrella term socially driven innovation is suggested to incorporate both social and frugal innovation.
    Keywords: Frugal Innovation; Frugality; Social Innovation; Socially driven Innovation.

  • Frugal Innovation Strategies and Global Competition in Wind Power   Order a copy of this article
    by Alexander Gerybadze, Malte Klein 
    Abstract: The paper provides an evolutionary model of industry development and learning within the wind power sector. Today this industry has attained a mature phase characterized by increased global competition, standardization and stronger emphasis on process innovation. This leads to a greater emphasis on frugal innovation and on cost reduction strategies. The emerging and developing countries already account for 54 % of global new investment in wind energy. Their share will continue to rise, particularly because of frugal design concepts and further efficiency improvements. The wind power sector also offers many opportunities for smart specialization for new industry participants from emerging nations. Manufacturers from China, India, Brazil and several other countries have demonstrated successful strategies of industry development and international expansion. Brazil in particular represents a prototype case for developing wind power based on frugal design concepts. We have selected an illustrative case study of an advanced turbine blade manufacturer from Brazil, and on the interaction with foreign multinational firms. Finally, we also address learning processes in renewable energy policy. While feed-in tariffs often stimulate industry development during early phases, the transfer to an auctioning scheme tends to have a strong impact on price discipline and on frugal innovation.
    Keywords: Green Innovation; Frugal Innovation; Wind Power; Dynamic Schumpeterian Competition; Innovation in Emerging Markets.