SME participation in research grant consortia-the emergence of coordinated attention in collaborative innovation



Grimpe, Christoph, Sofka, Wolfgang ORCID: 0000-0003-1598-6127 and Distel, Andreas P
(2022) SME participation in research grant consortia-the emergence of coordinated attention in collaborative innovation. SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMICS, 59 (4). pp. 1567-1592.

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Abstract

Research funding organizations routinely encourage SMEs to collaborate with organizations of different institutional backgrounds, such as other firms, universities, or research organizations. These collaborations are supposed to involve SMEs in knowledge flows across boundaries and generate innovative solutions to complex problems. However, we know little about how the project partners determine the priorities of their joint research in the first place and how the institutional composition influences priority setting. In this paper, we study attention coordination among SMEs and their partners for the emergence of priorities in joint research grant proposals. Applying content analysis to 207 grant proposals of innovation consortia that have received funding in the EU’s Horizon 2020 program, we find that increasingly diverse consortia shift attention away from technological novelty and market creation towards more consideration for the innovation ecosystem.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: SME, Collaborative innovation, Innovation consortia, Grant proposal, Coordination, Attention-based view
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Management
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2021 16:36
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 21:19
DOI: 10.1007/s11187-021-00582-6
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3145481