Rvolta, a Case for Open Innovation: How can a SME be Innovative in a Competitive Industrial Environment?

Margarida Cardoso (University of Minho, Portugal) and Isabel Ramos (University of Minho, Portugal)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 99
EISBN13: 9781466603523|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-314-0.ch005
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Rvolta has been working in waste management industry for 16 years now. This SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) from Portugal is taken as a focus point for the case study addressing a network of partners working in various activities which became related, so as to disclose the underlying innovative spirit, strategy, and partnership structure. Objectives of the present chapter are to portray and analyze a SME success case in open innovation (through various innovation practices), and clarify how knowledge creation and collaboration amongst different players in a network takes place. An exemplary collaboration episode is told. Framing issues are addressed so as to understand how they affect open innovation in SMEs. The study finds interactions, networking, and partnership connections, are important issues and indeed make a difference, thus enabling SMEs to innovate. This case evolved from an exploratory phase of an Information Systems PhD qualitative research, addressing open and crowdsourcing innovation.
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