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Type Journal Article
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Looking for Guidance? Five Principles for Leveraging Tensions in Corporate–Startup Collaboration
Organization Unit
  • Nora Varesco Kager
  • Jennifer Sparr
  • Gudela Grote
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
Journal Title The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science
Publisher Sage Publications
Geographical Reach international
ISSN 0021-8863
Volume 58
Number 4
Page Range 682 - 715
Date 2022
Abstract Text Corporate–startup collaboration (CSC) allows the co-development of innovations for pressing societal needs. Paradoxically, CSC is both fueled and challenged by diverging interests and approaches of the unequal actors. We apply a paradox lens to better understand the complex collaborative demands of CSC from the perspective of the corporate actors involved. Over the course of three years, we conducted 52 contextualized semi-structured interviews in a corporate-sponsored accelerator pursuing sustainability improvements. We identify five CSC paradoxes, which we translate into guiding principles for managing such paradoxes with a both/and mindset. Further, we show how these guiding principles help to address interdependencies between the CSC paradoxes. By disentangling the inherently paradoxical nature of the collaborative demands, we contribute to a fuller theoretical understanding of how organizational actors can manage these demands. We encourage companies engaging in CSC to use the guiding principles for empowering organizational actors’ understanding and approaches to CSC paradoxes.
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Digital Object Identifier 10.1177/00218863221117850
Other Identification Number merlin-id:22912
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Keywords innovation management, innovation, interviews, qualitative research
Additional Information CC BY 4.0