How Shell Domains Link Innovation and Strategy

Ramírez, Rafael, Roodhart, Leo and Manders, Willem (2011) How Shell Domains Link Innovation and Strategy. Long Range Planning, 44 (4). pp. 250-270.


This article describes the steps Shell managers took to keep their innovation innovative after the original establishment of the GameChanger system, by setting up its innovation coalition as a network in its own right, and by reorganising its portfolio of 85 projects into a half-dozen domains. We offer evidence that designing and implementing its domain approach enhanced the productivity and symbiosis of Shells innovation efforts, and use Actor Network Theory a conceptual framework extensively used in science and technology studies to explain how this success was achieved. Domains not only link strategy and technology; but also marry up bottom-up and top-down innovations and connect the shorter with the longer term. The articles consideration of domains renders the notion of ANT analyses more accessible and relevant for long term strategy professionals, as well as making some of the specific lessons Shell derived from its experience more widely available for application elsewhere.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Innovations management; Strategic management; Transnational corporation
Subject(s): Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Centre: Faculty of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2012 20:43
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:06

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