Designing Collaborative Manufacturing Solutions for SMEs: A Case Study

Agnieszka Radziwon, Marcel Bogers, Arne Bilberg

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In this paper, we investigate how small manufacturing companies can apply open innovation in the context of process innovation. We present a case study, with embedded action research elements, of a particular set of SMEs that implement a collaborative solution for manufacturing processes. We specifically examine how these SMEs collaborate with both competitors and complementors in an innovative automation project. The findings include a decreasing importance of monetary motivation, a direct competitors paradox, and leadership and ownership's issues, on both inter- and intra-company level.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XXV ISPIM Conference : Innovation for Sustainable Economy & Society
Number of pages14
PublisherLappeenranta University of Technology Press
Publication dateJun 2014
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-265-591-2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014
EventXXV ISPIM Innovation Conference: Innovation for Sustainable Economy & Society - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 8. Jun 201411. Jun 2014


ConferenceXXV ISPIM Innovation Conference


  • open innovation
  • SME
  • manufacturing
  • collaboration
  • process innovation
  • case study
  • action research


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