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The role of the hub-firm in developing innovation capabilities: considering the French wine industry cluster from a resource orchestration lens

Kumar, Maneesh ORCID:, Pullman, Madeleine, Bouzdine-Chameeva, Tatiana and Sanchez Rodrigues, Vasco ORCID: 2022. The role of the hub-firm in developing innovation capabilities: considering the French wine industry cluster from a resource orchestration lens. International Journal of Operations and Production Management 42 (4) , pp. 526-551. 10.1108/IJOPM-08-2021-0519

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Abstract Purpose This paper explores how hub-firms in a regional industrial cluster orchestrate resources to enhance the innovation capabilities of member firms and how this role changes as innovation projects develop. The work advances our understanding of how innovation-oriented clusters can drive the collaboration process, support the development of member capabilities and achieve desired outcomes. Design/methodology/approach The research utilises exploratory case studies within an innovation cluster, where a hub-firm brings together different players for specific innovation projects. Using resource orchestration theory, the paper analyses six project cases to reveal the shifting roles and activities related to structuring, bundling and leveraging different resources for innovation capabilities particularly associated with improved quality and reputation for the firms and region. Findings The study reveals the important role played by the cluster hub-firm in structuring, bundling and leveraging resources to create and fund project teams. After project formation, a team member takes the role of an orchestrator to bundle further and then leverage the resources to achieve desired outcomes for the team and the region. Research limitations/implications This work focuses on a wine industry but has implications for the success orchestration of other regional industrial clusters. Also, the lack of hub-firm interaction during the project process provides an opportunity to consider mechanisms for better guidance of the project team. Practical implications There are implications for practitioners for participating in and further improving the collaborative innovative process. Social implications Policymakers can benefit from the study as the required practices for stimulating innovation capabilities and economic development in a region are discussed. Originality/value This research enhances understanding of the hub-firm's role in a regional cluster not only in orchestrating resources to create collaborative innovation projects but how the role shifts over time.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 0144-3577
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 March 2022
Date of Acceptance: 12 February 2022
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 23:03

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