Multilevel interaction mechanisms influencing knowledge integration in innovation projects in buyer-supplier dyads

Thomas Matheus, Meera Sarma

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This study investigates how interaction mechanisms at multiple levels of analysis and their cross-level effects influence knowledge integration within innovation projects in Complex Products and Systems (CoPSs) industry buyer-supplier dyads. Adopting a knowledge-as-practice perspective, we provide a possible choice to much of the existing discussion, emphasizing a knowledge-as-possession perspective. We collected data from two case-study Original Equipment Manufacturers and two associated suppliers and analysed these utilizing Template Analysis and cross-case analysis. Our results show how different interaction mechanisms, forming part of structural, processual and behavioural types of interaction mechanisms and their cross-level effects, influence knowledge integration. The theoretical framework proposed in this article adds to the existing evidence base in that different theoretical phenomena - that were unrelated, or hardly related, to knowledge integration - were identified to have generative influences on knowledge integration at various levels.

Our suggested permeation of the structural and processual interaction mechanisms by the behavioural interaction mechanisms also offers a base for conceptual integration between interaction mechanisms and knowledge integration across different analysis levels, increasing the scope of analysis of interaction mechanisms and their impact on knowledge integration.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2019
Event35th Annual IMP Conference and Doctoral Colloquium: Relationships, Interactions and Networks in Competitive Environments - IÉSEG School of Management, Paris, France
Duration: 27 Aug 201930 Aug 2019


Conference35th Annual IMP Conference and Doctoral Colloquium
Abbreviated titleIMP 2019
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