The Thesis Talks

Oct 15 2020 17 mins

Are you about to start writing your own thesis? Are you interested in topics such as innovation and entrepreneurship? Or are you looking for inspiration, tips and inside knowledge for your next large paper? Then you came to the right place! In every episode we, Lotti and Emilie, are interviewing recent graduates about their thesis, their successes and their fuck-ups. Sit back, get on your bike, go into that bus (or whatever you are doing) and listen in! Music: Emil Thiim Berner Hansen

#25 Innovation Culture in SMEs
Jul 13 2020 18 mins  
This master’s thesis examines the decisive organizational factors for practising a successful innovation culture in Danish Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). An extensive amount of literature on the field of innovation, organizational culture and innovation culture have been reviewed, and the relevant literature has by a deductive approach been used as a framework. A comparative case study has been chosen as a strategy to research the field of innovation culture, and here, mixed methods have been used to collect empirical data for the research. Quantitative data have been collected by the use of surveys, and qualitative data have conducted via semi-structured interviews with respondents from six different SMEs in the comparative case study. SMEs have been chosen as cases due to the importance of SMEs in the Danish business industry, and the cases were chosen from Børsen’s gazelle list in 2018. The collected quantitative and qualitative data have been analysed by the use of the framework from the reviewed literature of innovation, organizational culture and innovation culture. Moreover, three business cases from major global companies have been used in the analysis as a framework of how to practise a successful innovation culture. The findings from the analysis have been discussed, and from here it can be concluded that shared basic values are an important decisive factor and the means to create shared basic values are done by the use of artefacts and norms. Furthermore, it can be concluded that the culture in SMEs needs to be built and it needs to be valuable. Risk-taking, encouragement and reward of new ideas in the organization can also be concluded to be decisive organizational factors. Furthermore, a people-centric approach is, in general, a very important approach for SMEs and finally, to hire diverse and creative people, be customer-driven and create a foundation for open innovation can also be concluded to be important for a successful innovation culture in SMEs. However, these principles and approaches can be practised in numerous ways depending on the individual SME.

#18 Social Entreprenuership in Mexico
Apr 10 2020 21 mins  
The purpose of this project was to understand how social enterprises in Mexico are a mean to reduce poverty. This because the notion of social entrepreneurship has shown to effectively contribute with innovative and effective solutions using a range of organizational formats to maximize social impact and bring about change (Nicholls & Cho, 2006); nevertheless, the concept itself has only been recently recognized in Mexico and therefore the research is still new and limited (Conaway, 2018). My study is of qualitative and exploratory nature and follows an inductive research approach. Over one-month fieldwork to the regions of Mexico City and Guadalajara, research was conducted on ten case studies of social enterprises from distinct sectors that are part of the social field. By uncovering determinant approaches towards social value creation, understanding the different attributes of social enterprises business models, and analyzing supportive elements in the social entrepreneurial ecosystem, this study identified how the study cases impact positively communities and scale its solutions. It was concluded that actors aiming to social justice should reconsider their perspective in regards to the country's social situation and adopt a fact-based worldview (Rosling et al., 2018) that will enable them to acknowledge more realistic real situation, make informed decisions, and achieve a more significant result. Finally, the study closes underlying the importance of achieving social change through the collaborative effort of a whole social-oriented community rather than the result of individual efforts.

#16 Innovation Collaboration in Soundhub Denmark.
Nov 28 2019 14 mins  
This work investigates the role of interorganizational proximities (IOP), knowledge attributes and organizational learning dynamics in innovation collaboration (IC) among startups and large firms. In the context where knowledge is seen as a pivotal resource in building and maintaining a sustainable competitive advantage, both large firms and startups aim to access new expertise which they cannot produce behind closed doors, through mutual collaboration. We have developed three main theoretical pillars, allowing for the construction of a deep understanding of the innovation collaboration between startups and large firms. Firstly, on an actor-level, by contextualizing IC and inquiring into the main motives different actors have for participating in IC. Secondly, on a level of dyad, investigating interorganizational proximities’ role in organizational learning and thirdly by testing the validity of Contractor and Ra’s (2002) theoretical framework, which heedfully brings together our interest in organizational learning dynamics in IC and types of IC governance. Using a critical-realist point of view, the aim of the thesis is to confirm or refute the aforementioned theory by comparing it to the observed results gathered on the case study of SoundHub Denmark, which is an example of IC between startups and large firms in sound tech sector. This “real life” case was explored through an empirical and qualitative investigation utilizing nine semi-structured interviews with experts involved in the SoundHub IC.

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