Extending the enterprise for improved innovation

Filieri, Raffaele and Alguezaui, Salma (2012) Extending the enterprise for improved innovation. Journal of Business Strategy, 33 (3). pp. 40-47. ISSN 0275-6668

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/02756661211224997


Complexity, turbulence, and unpredictability have driven the emergence of a new firm model, the extended enterprise(EE), which addresses the current challenges related to innovation and competition in complex scenarios. It has been defined as a set of collaborating companies, including suppliers, vendors, buyers, and customers, both upstream and downstream, from raw materials to end-use consumption, that work together to bring value to the marketplace (Davis and Spekman, 2004). This new organizational model is considered flexible and adaptive since it fosters knowledge sharing activities with different partners to improve innovation performance. However, few scholars offer a clear definition of what the EE really is and how it is evolving. In management literature, scholars tend to consider the extended enterprise and the network firm interchangeable. However, these two business models are very different and there is little research on how the EE differs from the network firm or how it attains its goals. This paper answers these questions by providing examples of EEs in different sectors.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: customer-supplier relationships, knowledge-based view, network firm, open innovation, strategy, supplier relations
Subjects: N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2012 15:29
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:52
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/8470

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