Organizational Factors Affecting Product Innovation Capability: Findings from the Med-Tech Industry

DS 58-1: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 1, Design Processes, Palo Alto, CA, USA, 24.-27.08.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Olsson, Annika; Blomé, Mikael; Guve, Bertil; Kaulio, Matti; Norell Bergendahl, Margareta; Odenrick, Per
Section: Design Processes
Page(s): 157-168

Abstract

Research in innovation has created much knowledge to apply concerning tools, methods and processes. However, the challenge of allowing "space", time and competence for innovation capability development is sparsely reported. The purpose of this research is to identify how organizational and behavioral factors are affecting product innovation capability and its development in organizations. The research sets out to explore and elaborate on the research question: How can product innovation capability among organizations and individuals be improved by identifying and changing organizational factors? The individual and organizational factors need to be taken in relation to the product innovation. Theories of innovation capability, innovation and learning, innovation and creative climate are used as a basis for this research. Interviews and a creative climate questionnaire have been used for empirical input in five med-tech companies. The qualitative result elicits six factors that influence the innovation capability and its development in organizations; brings out the two most important factors from the survey and elaborate a cross analyses from the qualitative and quantitative input.

Keywords: Innovation capability, organizational factors, creative climate, product innovation, learning & innovation

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