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    Innovation ambidexterity and public innovation intermediaries: the mediating role of capabilities

    De Silva, Muthu and Howells, J. and Khan, Z. and Meyer, M. (2022) Innovation ambidexterity and public innovation intermediaries: the mediating role of capabilities. Journal of Business Research 149 , pp. 14-29. ISSN 0148-2963.

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    We lack an in-depth understanding of how the different roles played by public innovation intermediaries during their engagement in collaborative projects enable them to generate ambidexterity. By adopting a sequential mixed methods research design to gather data from 122 Research and Technology Organizations (RTOs) operating in Europe, the findings suggest that public innovation intermediaries performed two different roles in collaborative projects namely, knowledge integration and network building, and these have a differential impact on the generation of distinct types of in-house innovation. The knowledge integration role is conducive to exploratory innovation, whereas the network building role contributes to exploitative innovation. Importantly, relational, and internal capabilities mediate between these roles and innovation. Yet, this mediation effect varies depending on the nature of the public innovation intermediary’s role and innovation profile. How public innovation intermediaries should utilise their key roles to generate in-house ambidexterity is crucial in leveraging the impact of public funding in this area.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Innovation ambidexterity, public innovation intermediaries, exploitative innovation, exploratory innovation, knowledge integration, network building
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 09 May 2022 09:53
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:16


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