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Knowledge integration within innovation process: a technopreneurial perspective

Knowledge integration within innovation process: a technopreneurial perspective Knowledge integration (KI) is one of the major aspects driving innovation within an organisation. In this paper, we attempt to develop a better understanding of responses to the challenges of knowledge integration within the innovation process in technology-based firms. Using four technology-based Australian firms, we investigated how knowledge integration may be managed within the context of innovation in technology firms. Previous research highlights the role of four KI tasks that affect the innovation capability within technology-oriented firms, namely team building capability, capturing tacit knowledge, role of knowledge management (KM) systems and technological systemic integration. Our findings indicate that in addition to these four tasks, a strategic approach to integrating knowledge for innovation, as well as leadership and management, are essential to achieving effective KI across multiple levels of engagement. Our findings also offer practical insights into how knowledge can be integrated within innovation process, with specific implications for managers. Keywords: knowledge integration; technology-based firms; tacit knowledge; innovation and knowledge; technopreneurs. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Mohannak, K. and Matthews, J. (2015) `: a technopreneurial perspective', Int. J. Technoentrepreneurship, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.17­36. Biographical notes: Kavoos Mohannak is a Senior Lecturer in the School http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Technoentrepreneurship Inderscience Publishers

Knowledge integration within innovation process: a technopreneurial perspective

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Inderscience Publishers
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Copyright © Inderscience Publishers
ISSN
1746-5370
eISSN
1746-5389
DOI
10.1504/IJTE.2015.067088
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Abstract

Knowledge integration (KI) is one of the major aspects driving innovation within an organisation. In this paper, we attempt to develop a better understanding of responses to the challenges of knowledge integration within the innovation process in technology-based firms. Using four technology-based Australian firms, we investigated how knowledge integration may be managed within the context of innovation in technology firms. Previous research highlights the role of four KI tasks that affect the innovation capability within technology-oriented firms, namely team building capability, capturing tacit knowledge, role of knowledge management (KM) systems and technological systemic integration. Our findings indicate that in addition to these four tasks, a strategic approach to integrating knowledge for innovation, as well as leadership and management, are essential to achieving effective KI across multiple levels of engagement. Our findings also offer practical insights into how knowledge can be integrated within innovation process, with specific implications for managers. Keywords: knowledge integration; technology-based firms; tacit knowledge; innovation and knowledge; technopreneurs. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Mohannak, K. and Matthews, J. (2015) `: a technopreneurial perspective', Int. J. Technoentrepreneurship, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.17­36. Biographical notes: Kavoos Mohannak is a Senior Lecturer in the School

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International Journal of TechnoentrepreneurshipInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2015

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