A Critical Examination of Innovators' Common Dilemmas: A Conceptual Model and Three Case Studies

Culpan R., Koc O., Yavuz C.

20th Annual World Business Congress of the International-Management-Development-Association, Poznan, Poland, 3 - 07 July 2011, vol.20, pp.12-14 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 20
  • City: Poznan
  • Country: Poland
  • Page Numbers: pp.12-14
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this paper is to examine common dilemmas faced by corporate innovators in a conceptual model and demonstrate their decision challenges in reference to three specific cases. Toward this end, this paper will offer a literature review on innovators' dilemmas, a new conceptual model, and types of innovators' dilemmas with company examples. Unlike previous studies, we focused on firm-level and inter-firm level innovations. We argue that managerial decision dilemmas usually comprise such common dilemmas as incremental innovation versus radical innovation, sole profit maximization emphasis versus balancing economic and social objectives, and sole venturing versus collaborative venturing for innovation.