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  

Ammon Salter

University of Bath - School of Management

Paola Criscuolo

Imperial College Business School

Anne L. J. Ter Wal

Imperial College Business School

Date Written: January 10, 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Salter, Ammon and Criscuolo, Paola and Ter Wal, Anne L. J., Coping with Open Innovation: Responding to the Challenges of External Engagement in R&D (January 10, 2014). California Management Review, Vol. 56, No. 2, Winter 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2377400

Ammon Salter

University of Bath - School of Management ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Paola Criscuolo

Imperial College Business School ( email )

South Kensington Campus
Exhibition Road
London SW7 2AZ, SW7 2AZ
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/p.criscuolo

Anne L. J. Ter Wal (Contact Author)

Imperial College Business School ( email )

Tanaka Building
South Kensington Campus
London, London SW7 2AZ
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 20 7594 1460 (Phone)
+44 (0) 20 7594 5915 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.anneterwal.com

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