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Pia Hurmelinna-Laukkanen, Kristian Möller, Satu Nätti, Orchestrating innovation networks: Alignment and orchestration profile approach, Journal of Business Research, Volume 140, 2022, Pages 170-188, ISSN 0148-2963,

Orchestrating innovation networks : alignment and orchestration profile approach

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Author: Hurmelinna-Laukkanen, Pia1; Möller, Kristian2; Nätti, Satu1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu Business School, Po Box 4600, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland
2Aalto University, School of Business, Po Box 21230, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-04-11


This conceptual paper organizes and advances existing knowledge on the management practices of inter-organizational innovation networks by developing an orchestration profile approach. We utilize the principle of alignment to connect orchestration practices with the management requirements of different types of innovation networks. We explain that while goals and underlying value-creation logics differ in different types of innovation networks and, consequently, practices vary from network to network, generally applicable dimensions of orchestration can be identified that provide a useful analytical tool. By addressing the network types and orchestration dimensions simultaneously, we propose three innovation-network orchestration profiles, which we label translative, transformative, and transcending. These profiles are suggested to be generic and, as such, provide managerial heuristics for creating effective orchestration solutions for various innovation networks.

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Series: Journal of business research
ISSN: 0148-2963
ISSN-E: 1873-7978
ISSN-L: 0148-2963
Volume: 140
Pages: 170 - 188
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2021.11.084
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Copyright information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (