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
Date Written: April 15, 2014
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
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