Managing Open Innovation: Exploring Challenges at the Interfaces of an Open Innovation Arena

11 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2011

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Susanne Ollila

Chalmers University of Technology - Technology Management and Economics

Maria Elmquist

Chalmers University of Technology - Project Management

Date Written: December 2011

Abstract

Collaborating with peers to gain access to knowledge is an attractive alternative for organizations keen to improve their innovativeness, and the rising popularity of open innovation has resulted in the emergence of new actors in the innovation process. Previous research focuses mainly on the firms that collaborate with these actors. This paper adopts the perspective of an open innovation actor and the managerial challenges involved. It is based on a case study of SAFER, a Swedish traffic and vehicle safety research unit with 22 collaborating partners. The unit, which is here called an open innovation arena, differs from an intermediary in that it both enables open innovation within a specific field of expertise and envisages itself as a key player in that same field. The case study reveals three types of challenges for the management of an open innovation arena: challenges that arise at the interface with partner organizations, challenges related to collaboration between the partners, and challenges related to the arena itself.

Suggested Citation

Ollila, Susanne and Elmquist, Maria, Managing Open Innovation: Exploring Challenges at the Interfaces of an Open Innovation Arena (December 2011). Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 20, Issue 4, pp. 273-283, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1960444 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8691.2011.00616.x

Susanne Ollila (Contact Author)

Chalmers University of Technology - Technology Management and Economics ( email )

Vera Sandbergs Alle 8
Gothenburg, SE-41296
Sweden

Maria Elmquist

Chalmers University of Technology - Project Management ( email )

SE-412 96 Goteborg
Sweden

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