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Employee involvement in open innovation: the role of new technologies, external employees and trust issues

  • This dissertation consists of three independent studies - two empirical studies and one literature review - that examine different issues regarding the iolvement of employees in innovation within the growing open innovation eironment. In particular, I focus on the different facets and vital enablers that influence iolving the general workforce in innovation, among which trust plays a critical role for their active iolvement and their decision to contribute to innovation. In the first study, the focus is on a powerful set of enablers of high iolvement innovation, namely; the new corporate web technologies, and their role in accelerating a wider base of collective innovation. The second study then examines the iolvement of a very specialized category of the workforce in innovation which is the highly qualified external workforce. Those employees represent a rich yet underexplored resource of employee innovation. Finally, in the third study, I focus on exploring the different roles played by innovation intermediaries and argue that intermediaries could take a more active role in open innovation, through proposing the ‘trust incubator’ role. New insights coming from this thesis advance the current discussion of actively and effectively iolving employees in innovation, as well as uncover important and current related issues and allow us to draw conclusions that are useful for both research and practice.

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Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Author:Nagwan Abu El-Ella
Chairs and Professorships:Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
Full text/ URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:14-qucosa-172362
Year of Completion:2015
Leipzig: HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, 2015 Leipzig, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Diss., 2014