Explicating Open Innovation: Clarifying an Emerging Paradigm for Understanding Innovation

Henry Chesbrough, Wim Vanhaverbeke, and Joel West, eds. New Frontiers in Open Innovation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Forthcoming (pp. 3-28)

37 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2014 Last revised: 30 Sep 2014

Henry Chesbrough

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit; University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business

Marcel Bogers

University of Copenhagen - Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO)

Date Written: April 15, 2014

Abstract

We explore the growth, scope and impact of the academic literature that has arisen since the publication of Open Innovation back in 2003. Moreover, we further clarify and develop the conceptualization of open innovation, which we define as a distributed innovation process based on purposively managed knowledge flows across organizational boundaries, using pecuniary and non-pecuniary mechanisms in line with the organization's business model. On this basis, we then discuss divergent views on open innovation and we call for greater consistency in future research. Next, we address some of the critiques on the notion and development of open innovation as they have emerged in the literature so far. Finally, we consider the progress open innovation research has made, relative to the research agenda identified in Chesbrough, Vanhaverbeke, and West (2006), and extend the possible research subjects and units of analysis.

Keywords: Open innovation, Literature, Review, Research, Practice, Definition, Spillovers, Critiques, Agenda

JEL Classification: L22, M10, O30

Suggested Citation

Chesbrough, Henry and Bogers, Marcel, Explicating Open Innovation: Clarifying an Emerging Paradigm for Understanding Innovation (April 15, 2014). Henry Chesbrough, Wim Vanhaverbeke, and Joel West, eds. New Frontiers in Open Innovation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Forthcoming (pp. 3-28). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2427233

Henry Chesbrough

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit ( email )

Cambridge, MA 02163
United States
617-495-5037 (Phone)
617-496-4072 (Fax)

University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business ( email )

545 Student Services Building, #1900
2220 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
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Marcel Bogers (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen - Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) ( email )

Unit for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management
Rolighedsvej 25
Copenhagen, 1958
Denmark

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