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My academic work continues to study the different components comprising a co-innovation enablement platform and how they contribute to the success of a co-innovation project. I’m examining these specific elements:

* IT Infrastructure
* IP Framework
* Knowledge Brokering
* Subject Matter Expertise
* Project Management
* Operations Management

I have several hypothesis statements designed to test for how these different dimensions contribute as well as how they relate to each other. The survey is designed to allow me to run multiple regression and structured equation modeling against the data to allow me to test the validity or to reject the hypothesis being considered.

This work is independent to my role with the SAP Co-Innovation Lab other than the fact that my work is what inspired me to look at this aspect of co-innovation. My research of prior literature ranging,  from exploring the organizational management science aspects of strategic alliances, IP management pursued as part of joint ventures and non-equity collaboration agreements and the economic drivers that validate the reasons for why a partner based approach to innovation is preferred, all suggest that there is a strong trend for companies large and small, to pursue innovation projects with partners. Determining the best means for the firm to take advantage of such complex partnering is an important area of study where many more research opportunities exist.

The survey I am implementing today seeks input from those who spend time engaged in innovation initiatives and/or managing such efforts in the context of engaging with partners across the ecosystem. If you have experience with strategic alliances and inter-firm partner management, either as a senior executive, business development manager or as an attorney specializing in intellectual property and partner contracting, I would truly appreciate your participation in the survey.

Completing the survey is totally voluntary but there is a bit of an incentive in place where your participation will enter you  into a drawing for a chance to win a 16GB Apple i-POD Nano and a $25.00 i-Tunes gift card.

If you have access to the SAP partner portal, you can find a link to the survey here:

https://sapneth2.wdf.sap.corp/~sapidp/011000358700000026192009E/

You will find the survey under, SAP Partner Portal > SAP’s Customer-Focused Ecosystem > Communities 

Obviously the more data I can collect, the more valuable to the study. I believe the SAP ecosystem is a good community in which to target some of the field research being done on this project so I appreciate your time and support to participate. The survey will close Feb 12., so I am really hoping to see many surveys completed over the next couple of weeks.

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