From Serendipity to Sustainable Competitive Advantage: Insights From Houston's Farm and Their Journey Of Co-Innovation

Fearne, Andrew and Bonney, Laurie and Clark, Rob and Collins, Ray (2007) From Serendipity to Sustainable Competitive Advantage: Insights From Houston's Farm and Their Journey Of Co-Innovation. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 12 (6). pp. 395-399. ISSN 1359-8546. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Purpose – The purpose of this article is to demonstrate the importance of a strategic approach to collaborative innovation and the use of a value chain research methodology for identifying opportunities for co-innovation. Design/methodology/approach – Value chain analysis is used to map three flows in the Houston Farms value chain; material flow, information flow and relationships. Having diagnosed the current level of co-innovation we then identify improvement projects and opportunities for co-innovation to reduce cost and add value, for the benefit of the value chain as a whole. Findings – The application of the value chain analysis methodology to the Houston Farms value chain revealed the importance of strategy and robust processes in key areas for co-innovation – R&D and new product development. It also revealed that small businesses can enjoy a degree of success as a result of comparative advantage in certain areas but that sustainable competitive advantage cannot occur by chance – identifying the potential for co-innovation is an important first step in the right direction. Research limitations/implications – The value chain innovation roadmap represents a useful framework for exploring the current state and future capability for co-innovation in a value chain. The value chain analysis methodology is an effective diagnostic tool as it focuses on what happens at the interface between stakeholders and how this relates to what final consumers regard as value adding, rather than traditional financial and functional KPIs which make it difficult to explore the competitiveness of the value chain as a whole. Originality/value – The explicit and objective measurement of what consumers value is an important addition to the value chain analysis methodology and the co-innovation roadmap is an original attempt to illustrate the core drivers and capabilities for achieving co-innovation in a value chain. The insights from the case demonstrate the value of this approach to companies who are open to innovation and recognise the need to focus the use of scarce value-adding resources on specific value chains and the needs and wants of final consumers therein.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Innovation; Value Chain; Competitive Advantage
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Marketing
Depositing User: Jennifer Knapp
Date Deposited: 19 May 2010 14:39
Last Modified: 06 May 2014 14:13
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