Fábio Gama is a PhD candidate and part-time teacher at the Entrepreneur and Innovation at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Previously, he was responsible for the front-end process at Whirlpool, a leading household company. His research interests include open innovation, interorganizational collaboration and related topics. He has published in international journals, including Creativity and Innovation Management and Management & Production.

Email: fabio.gama@ltu.se

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Systematic Idea Generation and Organizational Capabilities for Front-End Innovation Performance in SMEs

This study seeks to answer two key questions about the front-end innovation: when do idea generation activities involving internal and external partner’s payoff, and which organizational capabilities support idea generation activities for achieving high front-end performance?