Organization of the innovation process: a look at the use of internal and external resources for Norwegian- and international companies located in Norway
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This thesis has looked at companies’ use of internal and external resources in the innovation process, by investigating the research problem; are there differences between Norwegian- and international owned companies located in Norway in terms of how they organize their innovation process? This topic is of interest because it can contribute to give an understanding of how the innovative environment is in the Norwegian industry. International business contributes to new knowledge and is an important source for business. Innovation is important for growth and development in Norway. It is of interest to investigate the differences and similarities between Norwegian- and international companies, in order to understand how they use their resources and where there are potential for improvement. The research has used a quantitative method approach, using secondary data in form of surveys. The surveys contain answers from leaders in companies located in Norway. It entails data of firm’s innovation activities and innovation partners. The analysis has been divided in three parts. The first analyze the use of both internal and external resources. Secondly it takes a closer look at internal resources, and thirdly a closer look at the external resources, who and where they cooperate. The results show many similarities between Norwegian- and international owned companies. They both use more internal resources than external resources. Internal organization, in terms of learning and experience, show no significant differences. Differences are seen in the use of external resources, where international owned companies interact more with external partners. What has been found in the results has led to indicate that Norwegian- and international owned companies are not so different in terms of their organization of innovation processes. However, international companies are better at interaction with their surroundings, taking advantages of the available resources. The high interaction from international owned companies implies attractiveness for Norwegian industry in an international context. The low interaction from Norwegian owned companies implies some possible challenges in terms of growth when comes to innovative competitiveness in the Norwegian industry. The findings in this thesis suggest that further research should be done on the effects of innovation.
Master's thesis in Strategy and management KARAKTER OK; PRIVAT INNFØRSEL