This paper addresses the fact that R&D projects that incorporate external knowledge sources not only depend on the number of sources, but also on integrating the right source. An organizational knowledge integrator has a natural interest due to its position in the value chain and the technology phase to pull the knowledge from earlier phases of development closer towards commercialization. The aim of the paper is to examine if organizational knowledge integrators in R&D projects have a positive impact on innovative performance compared to projects that do not involve a knowledge integrator. The methodology approaches applied in the paper are both quantitative and qualitative. The findings show that knowledge integrators have an impact on innovative performance due to they have a significant impact on the development of new technology, innovative technology, scientific publications, and research.
Proceedings of the 6th Ispim Innovation Symposium, Melbourne, 08-11 December 2013, 2014
Organizational knowledge integrator; Innovative performance; R&D projects; Mixed method research