Organizational capabilities for stakeholder engagement in sustainability-oriented innovation

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Decarolis, Riccardo
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-14T06:01:01Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-14T06:01:01Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/20667
dc.description.abstract Research in the field of innovation has revealed that sustainability aspects play an increasingly important role in the development of new products and services. At the same time, stakeholder engagement in open innovation is an emerging area of study. This is mainly achieved by the creation and development of specific organizational capabilities. The purpose of this thesis is to combine research fields of organizational capabilities, stakeholder engagement and sustainability-oriented innovation. Thereby, the aim is to present a framework of organizational capabilities for stakeholder engagement in sustainability-oriented innovation processes. The literature review provides insights from existing contributions in the fields of organizational capabilities, stakeholder engagement and sustainability-oriented innovation. The synthesis of the literature review suggests that there is a research gap between the individual fields, which this thesis aims to bridge. The theoretical framework is structured in a way that adequately addresses the posed research questions and combines inputs from previous literature as well as findings from empirical data. This data is collected from primary and secondary sources and analyzed in a multiple case-study design. First, an extensive within-case analysis is conducted. Second, the findings are presented in a cross-case comparison. Individual cases are described in the empirical findings. This section further contains information about sustainability-oriented innovation processes and involved stakeholders. Moreover, specific organizational capabilities for stakeholder engagement are presented. These include external dialogue, internal coordination, learning process and pilot testing. Entrepreneurial sprit, organizational culture and stakeholder incentivization are capabilities that emerge from the case data, but are not extensively backed by existing literature. In the discussion part a modified version of the theoretical framework is presented, considering inputs from the analysis of empirical data. The data sources do not provide information about prioritization of individual stakeholders. Moreover, there is no specific evidence if capabilities exist already at the beginning of the process or are developed along the way. These are the main limitations of this study. Future research should thus address these challenges and provide additional insights into this emerging field of research. The results of the study provide management with insights into sustainability-oriented innovation processes. Furthermore, various ways of stakeholder engagement are presented. Most importantly, managers gain knowledge about specific organizational capabilities that promote stakeholder engagement in sustainability-oriented innovation processes. The main contribution for academia is the combination of these separate research fields into a comprehensive theoretical framework. This framework is applied and tested in a multiple case-study design to increase the relevance and value of the results. en
dc.format.extent 76
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Organizational capabilities for stakeholder engagement in sustainability-oriented innovation en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Johtamisen laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Management Studies en
dc.subject.keyword organizational capabilities
dc.subject.keyword dynamic capabilities
dc.subject.keyword knowledge management
dc.subject.keyword stakeholder
dc.subject.keyword stakeholder engagement
dc.subject.keyword sustainability-oriented innovation
dc.subject.keyword radical innovation
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201609083377
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major MSc program in Management and International Business fi
dc.programme.major MSc program in Management and International Business en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.subject.helecon kansainväliset yhtiöt
dc.subject.helecon international companies
dc.subject.helecon johtaminen
dc.subject.helecon management
dc.subject.helecon organisaatio
dc.subject.helecon organization
dc.subject.helecon tietämyksenhallinta
dc.subject.helecon knowledge management
dc.subject.helecon innovaatiot
dc.subject.helecon innovations
dc.ethesisid 14342
dc.date.dateaccepted 2016-01-05
dc.location P1 I


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