Today’s business environment is characterised by fast and frequent change, which is often difficult to predict. As a consequence, companies need to continuously invest in the development of new business to remain competitive. However, due to the increasing complexity of the environment, internal development is often not enough, and collaborative innovation is becoming more important. There are three areas that warrant our attention. First, interest among employees and organisations to pursue entrepreneurial initiatives raises questions around the management and support that is needed to foster these initiatives and how to best organise internal corporate venturing. Second, the increasing number of start-ups provides opportunities for existing companies to tap into emerging technologies and business areas through corporate – start-up collaboration. Third, the changing nature of work provides an opportunity for existing organisations to rethink the relationship they have with their employees and to find a way to benefit from the increased flexibility of their own and other’s workers. I will raise a number of research questions in these areas and provide directions for future research in the field.

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Keywords Entrepreneurship, Corporate venturing, Corporate venture capital, Collaboration, Innovation, Coworking, Start-ups
JEL Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting (jel M), Firm Behavior (jel D21), Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior: General (jel L20), Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives (jel O31)
ISBN 978-90-5892-486-5
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/100028
Series ERIM Inaugural Address Series Research in Management
Citation
van de Vrande, V.J.A. (2017, June 2). Collaborative Innovation: Creating Opportunities in a Changing World. ERIM Inaugural Address Series Research in Management. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/100028