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Innovation in Knowledge Intensive Business Services
The Digital Era

ISBN 9780367341916
Published October 31, 2019 by Routledge
170 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Knowledge Intensive Business Services (KIBS) are becoming more and more relevant both for their innovative content and as innovation boosters for manufacturing firms and, with this scenario in mind, this book first offers an in-depth analysis of what innovation in KIBS is and its performance outcomes, and then synthesizes what we know about KIBS firms’ innovation models, as well as their specific peculiarities and limitations.

This book examines the recent trends in innovation, service design and development in KIBS, starting from a review of the extant literature, explaining the role and specific traits of innovation in KIBS. Then, it progresses our knowledge about KIBS and about how new technologies are offering unique opportunities to use and share their knowledge, within and across boundaries. The book also includes several cases that show how, at the micro level, firms can effectively design their services and boost their innovation performance, by overcoming some of the traditional limits of innovation in services. While KIBS literature traditionally emphasizes that innovative and performing KIBS firms rely on tight client–provider interactions with service customization, recent research suggests that alternative modes of innovation are viable for performing KIBS firms: KIBS firms can develop mass customization strategies, ease interactions with clients via ICT interfaces and leverage on focused collaborations with expert clients. Particularly, the digitalization and ICT technologies are fostering platform and modular architectural designs of KIBS, as in the software and web design services.

The book seeks a broader understanding of innovation in KIBS in the digital era and will be an essential guide for both academics and practitioners interested in KIBS innovation and design.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part I: Presenting KIBS firms 1. What are KIBS firms? 2. The growing importance of KIBS in today's economy PART II: Innovation in KIBS 3. Multiple forms of innovation in services and in KIBS 4. Measuring innovation in KIBS 5. The specific traits of innovation in KIBS PART III: Innovation and performance in KIBS 6. Innovation and performance in KIBS: The empirical evidence 7. The productivity dilemma and digitalization in services 8. A critical view: How much do collaboration and customization support KIBS firms’ innovative performance?  PART IV: Moving the innovation model in KIBS forward  9. Digitalization and internationalization in KIBS 10. Platforms and modularity in KIBS 11. Modularity in software and web-design Conclusions


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Anna Cabigiosu is Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation Management at Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy), Department of Management. Anna received her Ph.D. in Economics and Management from the University of Padua, Italy. She was visiting Ph.D. student at the Ross School of Business (USA), and received a master's degree in Business Management at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy. Her research interests include innovation management, product and service modularity, and the study of the architecture of complex systems. Her research mainly focuses on the automotive, KIBS and fashion industries. Anna is the scientific director of the IOS (Innovation, Organization and Strategy) research centre and is the executive director of CAMI (Center for Automotive and Mobility Innovation) of the Ca’ Foscari University.