Kind

Our group is part of the Institut Mines-Télécom (Telecom Business School). Our objective is to study the dynamics of innovation, in particular in relation to the notions of knowledge and networks in ICT industry. The dynamics of innovation – in particular knowledge creation and development as well as knowledge transfer – rely increasingly on the interactive relationship between economic factors. These interactions are different in nature (e.g. alliances, client/supplier relationships, the development of standards or platforms, outsourcing…) and contribute to the emergence of industrial networks in which heterogeneous agents combine resources, competencies and activities. Within this context, we address the following questions concerning the management of innovation: How open should innovation be? How much of it should be kept under control? How can firms assess and manage an innovation project and what role can be played by pre-defined policies for licensing? What should the ratio be between operations and explorations? What role does path dependence play? How should environmental issues be taken into account for ICT-related innovation (eco-innovation)? What impact do regulatory concepts (e.g. net neutrality) have on innovation strategies?

The interaction between innovation and networks is particularly interesting. On the one hand, networks facilitate the creation of innovations, their adoption and dissemination, and on the other hand innovation influences networks. What is the impact of networks within companies as far as the creation of new knowledge is concerned? How should firms manage their position within a network in the framework of technological convergence? How do intra-company networks organise their activities within a system of open innovation? How should alliances be dealt with and a licensing policy established? How should asymmetrical situations between partners be handled?

Interactions between networks and knowledge give rise to other questions: How are networks structured in order to facilitate the creation or the use of knowledge? In particular how can a challenger (for example in a developing economy) rely on networks to acquire, leverage and create knowledge that will allow this challenger to catch up with the leaders?

KIND research also encompasses the adoption and dissemination of innovations, which requires a detailed analysis of both consumer and organisational behaviour. It also analyses the dynamics of ecoinnovation in the ICT sector.