Coping with Open Innovation: Responding to the Challenges of External Engagement in R&D
California Management Review, Vol. 56, No. 2, Winter 2014
27 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2014
Date Written: January 10, 2014
Open innovation often requires wholesale changes to the nature of R&D. Yet, academic research and managerial practice have paid little attention to the challenges that individuals face in the daily pursuit of open innovation. As a result, there is little understanding of how individuals cope with open innovation, and which organizational practices can support them in this role. Drawing on the experiences of R&D professionals, we identify four specific challenges and coping strategies of individuals engaged in open innovation and propose a range of open innovation practices organizations can implement to better equip their staff to undertake effective external engagement.
Keywords: open innovation, innovation, individual-level openness, intellectual property, external engagement, practices
JEL Classification: O32, O31
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