Jukka Partanen PhD (Econ), is a postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University, School of Economics (Department of Marketing). He has published his recent work in the Industrial Marketing Management. His research interests are SME networks and alliances, high-growth firms, industrial service business, and innovation.
Innovation Types and Network Relationships
Article first published online: 3 JUL 2011
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Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Volume 38, Issue 5, pages 1027–1055, September 2014
How to Cite
Partanen, J., Chetty, S. K. and Rajala, A. (2014), Innovation Types and Network Relationships. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 38: 1027–1055. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6520.2011.00474.x
We would like to thank Ulf Holm and Ivo Zander from Uppsala University, Sweden for their comments on earlier drafts of this manuscript. We are also grateful to the two anonymous reviewers and the editor Sara Carter for their insightful comments. We appreciate the financial support from the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation for the Tekes/GrowthNet project.
- Issue published online: 3 SEP 2014
- Article first published online: 3 JUL 2011
We examine network relationships, particularly the type and strength of these relationships and how firms use them in order to commercialize different types of innovations. We conduct an in-depth case study of four small firms to provide insight on how and why a portfolio of network relationships (e.g., suppliers, distributors, customers, and research institutes) helps small new innovative firms to gain resources. We develop a framework of four innovation types and expand on how successful commercialization for each innovation type requires certain types and strength of relationships. Both types (systemic and autonomous) of radical innovations require strong collaborative ties with customers, whereas incremental innovations are commercialized through different types of downstream networks.