Research Topic

Introduction to the research topic 

Much has been written about the benefits of innovation and of ‘widening the net’, ‘intermediaries’ and ‘open innovation’. Clearly companies that are open to outside knowledge have taken a large step in the right direction to increase their innovative potential. The next step would be to make sense of this knowledge and consider how it could be applied for commercial ends.

This research project will look at the strategic alignment of external environment scanning and knowledge assimilation practices in SMEs involved in delivering technology related products. Based on the current thinking and observations of practice it is intended that a greater conceptual understanding of the linkages between the specific context of an organisation and appropriate external scanning and assimilation practices can be derived.

As illustrated in the case below, scanning the environment for new ideas presents a number of problems. These points are expanded on in a brief discussion of the key concepts.
Subpages (1): Key Concepts