The 3rd CINet survey

In an increasingly competitive and fast changing market, industrial and technological context, innovation capability is at core of a firm’s strategy and priorities. However, a firm focusing solely on innovation will never be able to exploit the benefits of its achievements.

In order to achieve and sustain long term proficiency, firms need to strike a balance between the ability to change and innovate on the one hand, and to be efficient on the other. In the literature, this balance is considered as problematic, and firms often fail to manage these dichotomous dimensions effectively within one system.

However, some firms succeed in paradoxically balancing these dimensions. We call this balance continuous innovation, i.e. the capability to combine continuity with ongoing innovation. The purpose of the 3rd CINet survey is to investigate to what extent high firm performance is related to this balance.

In order to achieve this purpose, a network of researchers representing universities from a range of countries has been established:

  • Austria: University of Applied Science Linz
  • Brazil: Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Universidade Federal de Sāo Carlo
  • Canada: École Polytechnique Montréal
  • Denmark: Aalborg University
  • Hungary: Corvinus University of Budapest
  • Italy: Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, Università di Pisa 
  • Netherlands: Twente University 
  • PakistanLahore University of Management Sciences
  • Spain: Universitat Jaume I
  • Sweden: KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, University of Gävle
  • Switzerland: Luzerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

The 3rd CINet Survey is developed under auspices, and by members, of CINet, and is organized as follows: 

  • Steering Committee: responsible for survey development and overall coordination:
    • Luca Gastaldi (Politecnico di Milano)
    • Antonella Martini (University of Pisa)
    • Paolo Neirotti (Politecnico di Torino)
    • Harry Boer (Aalborg University)
  • Together, Luca Gastaldi, Antonella Martini and Paolo Neirotti form the Executive Team, responsible for developing and administering the global database
  • Country Teams: responsible for conducting the survey in their respective countries

The project was launched in 2016, collected data throughout 2017, and will start producing results in the first months of 2018. The data are used for scientific purposes and to deliver reports and benchmarking to the participating companies. The main instruments are two questionnaires distributed to firms, business units and plants in a variety of industrial sectors within each country. The questionnaires are targeted at the firms’ managers responsible for production and innovation, respectively.

If you are a research group interested to be part of, and willing to contribute to, the network, please contactluca.gastaldi@polimi.it.


Upcoming events

rome16th PhD Seminar
20-24 April 2020
Stockholm, Sweden

rome20th PhD Workshop
18-20 September 2020
Milan, Italy

rome11th CIYA Workshop
20 September 2020
Milan, Italy

rome21st CINet Conference
20-22 September 2020
Milan, Italy


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