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Absorptive and transformative capacities in nanotechnology innovation systems
Krsto Pandža, Robin Holt, 2007, original scientific article

Abstract: We identify managerial challenges offered by an emergent nanotechnology innovation system in which knowledge is dispersed, asymmetric and contested. We argue the proposed models of knowledge absorption and transformation enhance existing theories of knowledge and emergent technology by recognizing how and why knowledge flows among the actors in emergent technology innovationsystem. We base our argument on combined research evidence from a Delphi study concerning the future of European manufacturing, from which a selected statement has been analyzed, and from analysis of the NanoManufacturing Institute at Leeds University, UK; specifically its work in building ties between different actors associated with nanotechnology. We conclude our paper with suggestions for future research.
Keywords: technology management, nanotehnology, innovation systems, knowledge flows, absorptive capacity, transformative capacity
Published: 31.05.2012; Views: 1063; Downloads: 70
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Analysis of innovation concepts in Slovenian manufacturing companies
Iztok Palčič, Borut Buchmeister, Andrej Polajnar, 2010, original scientific article

Abstract: Competitive advantages of manufacturing companies are not only generated by R&D based product innovations but also by technical and non-technical process innovations aiming to modernise manufacturing processes. This paper presents the use of selected innovation concepts in Slovenian manufacturing companies. Later we analyse the relationship of the use of selected technical and organisational innovation concepts and companies performance indicators. The results show that R&D expenses and innovation concepts are not always correlated and that there is a difference in innovation concepts utilisation between low, medium and high-tech industries. The data were obtained with The European Manufacturing Survey (EMS) that was conducted in 2009 within nine European countries. For the purpose of this paper we use data of Slovenian manufacturing companies.
Keywords: innovation, technical innovation, organisational innovation, company performance
Published: 31.05.2012; Views: 1178; Downloads: 14
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Enterprise : performance and business processes
Valentina Gečevska, Franc Čuš, Radmil Polenakovik, Paolo Chabert, 2011, original scientific article

Abstract: This article proposes a scenario of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), as a innovative business strategy based on the analysis of business drivers, industry requirements, limit of current solution, and recent state-of-the-art review in the domain related to PLM. Potential industrial impact of the developed PLM technology solutions is analyzed. It is hoped that the proposed PLM technology solutions will form the frontier basis for further research, development, and application of PLM systems to quickly adapt to the dynamic changing market for industry companies to pursue the most advanced competitiveness. This article presents a process oriented framework to support effective PLM implementation with a set of lifecycle oriented business process reference models which links the necessary fundamental concepts, enterprise knowledge and software solutions to effectively deploy PLM.
Keywords: Product Lifecycle Management, PLM, innovation, business processes, technology
Published: 01.06.2012; Views: 1302; Downloads: 18
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Zbiranje in selekcija idej za inovacije s pomočjo podpornega orodja
Tine Kocbek, 2012, undergraduate thesis

Abstract: V diplomski nalogi se ukvarjamo z opisom, predstavitvijo in analizo terminologije invencijsko-inovacijske managementa in razvoja izdelka. Predstavljamo opredelitve invencije, inovacije in ustvarjalnosti, natančno pa predstavimo aktivnosti in značilnosti procesa razvoja izdelka. Pozornost posvečamo konceptoma crowdsourcing in open innovation, ki sta namenjena količinskemu zbiranju idej in sugestij, ki bi lahko postale potencialne inovacije. Žal se veliko idej ne razvije v inovacije; znano je namreč, da le 2 % invencij dejansko postane inovacija, zato je pomembna čim večja količina zanimiv idej. Ugotavljamo, kako pomembna so dana orodja in novosti, implementirana skupaj z znanjem o razvoju izdelka in invencijsko-inovacijskega managementa za nadaljnje pospeševanje inoviranja.
Keywords: invencija, inovacija, ustvarjalnost, razvoj novega izdelka, crowdsourcing, open innovation, Neurovation
Published: 20.11.2012; Views: 1113; Downloads: 97
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Damjan Obal, 2012, independent scientific component part or a chapter in a monograph

Keywords: platform fostering, open innovation
Published: 10.07.2015; Views: 416; Downloads: 22
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Interdisciplinary approach to tool-handle design based on medical imaging
Gregor Harih, Andrej Čretnik, 2013, original scientific article

Abstract: Products are becoming increasingly complex; therefore, designers are faced with a challenging task to incorporate new functionality, higher performance, and optimal shape design. Traditional user-centered design techniques such as designing with anthropometric data do not incorporate enough subject data to design products with optimal shape for best fit to the target population. To overcome these limitations, we present an interdisciplinary approach with medical imaging. The use of this approach is being presented on the development of an optimal sized and shaped tool handle where the hand is imaged using magnetic resonance imaging machine. The obtained images of the hand are reconstructed and imported into computer-aided design software, where optimal shape of the handle is obtained with Boolean operations. Methods can be used to develop fully customized products with optimal shape to provide best fit to the target population. This increases subjective comfort rating, performance and can prevent acute and cumulative trauma disorders. Provided methods are especially suited for products where high stresses and exceptional performance is expected (high performance tools, professional sports, and military equipment, etc.). With the use of these interdisciplinary methods, the value of the product is increased, which also increases the competitiveness of the product on the market.
Keywords: product design, ergonomics, medical imaging, reverse engineering, innovation
Published: 10.07.2015; Views: 639; Downloads: 239
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Some of the main factors of innovative renewal of companies' operations
Igor Hustič, Matjaž Mulej, 2010, original scientific article

Abstract: Problems cannot be solved by the mentality that has caused them, such as neglecting the non-technological innovation. Often, innovative renewal of companies' operations is urgently needed. Overcoming the consequences of the global economic and financial crisis cannot be successful without innovation of the values, culture, business ethics and norms of all their important stakeholders. We suggest a new synergy of methods aimed at renewal of business processes in an innovative way by using the dialectical systems theory approach. We combine BSC, ISO 9000, the method 'learning company' and USOMID. Literature so far has not made it clear that those approaches can complement each other and jointly contribute to renewal of business operations according to the requirement of the requisite holism.
Keywords: business process, innovative management, renewal, modern dialectics, innovation of VCEN
Published: 10.07.2015; Views: 403; Downloads: 181
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Process reengineering and innovation of remaking soapsuds
Andreja Verbič, Tomaž Kern, Drago Vuk, 2009, original scientific article

Abstract: This article uses a business process renovation method to address an environmental protection problem. The presented case, studied in factories which remake crude vegetable oil (soapsuds remake), focuses on reengineering one of the business processes which is classified as an obligatory process. This process has to be performed to comply with the requirements of the existing ecology legislation. Therefore, it is reasonable to take a radical approach - business process reengineering. Soapsuds with oil remnants are a secondary product in the vegetable oil refining process. According to the legislation, secondary products as waste are not acceptable for the environment. Soapsuds remake as it is currently carried out produces technical fatty acids and, as a side product, calcium sulphate. Calcium sulphate is listed as special waste; therefore it must be deposited in a special waste landfill site. In the course of searching for a solution to this ecological problem, a new idea came up, namely that soapsuds are taken to the biogas plant. At the biogas plant, they can be decomposed into biogas, which is then used to generate electric energy, for heating or to supplement municipal gas. Thus, the reengineering of the process is upgraded into process innovation and environmental innovation. Using data obtained from the available literature, we managed to prove that process reengineering, which is simultaneously process innovation and ecological innovation, can be applied in practice. Side products resulting from the anaerobic digestion of soapsuds in the biogas plant comply better with the requirements of the Slovenian ecological legislation than those occurring in the process used up to now.
Keywords: business process reengineering, process innovation, soapsuds remake, biogas plant, ecology
Published: 10.07.2015; Views: 548; Downloads: 234
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Can marketing resources contribute to company performance?
Borut Milfelner, Vladimir Gabrijan, Boris Snoj, 2008, original scientific article

Abstract: The study investigates the relationships between market orientation, innovation resources, reputational resources, customer related capabilities, and distribution based assets, as well as their impact on market and financial performance. The results indicate that market orientation is indirectly related to a company's market and financial performance through other four marketing resources. Reputational resources have a positive impact on loyalty, market share, and sales volume, while the impact of innovation resources on market share and sales volume is rather indirect through customer loyalty. While the customer related capabilities significantly impact customer loyalty their impact on market share and sales volume can not be confirmed. On the other side the distribution based assets are weakly related to loyalty and market share and sales volume. General findings indicate that selected marketing resources impact financial performance indirectly through the creation of customer loyalty and directly through market share and sales volume.
Keywords: market orientation, innovation resources, reputational resources, customer related capabilities, distribution- based assets, organizational performance
Published: 10.07.2015; Views: 606; Downloads: 229
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