Cost of Collaboration in Open Innovation: The Mediating Role of Search Strategy

35 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2015

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Kathleen Diener

RWTH Aachen University - Technology and Innovation Management Group

Dirk Luettgens

RWTH Aachen University - Technology and Innovation Management Group

Frank T. Piller

RWTH Aachen University

Date Written: February 28, 2015

Abstract

This paper responds to the lack of research investigating procedural differences in open innovation collaboration. Based upon a sample of intermediaries, we analyze the costs of different setups for open collaboration. Our focus is on the mechanism of search initiating the collaboration. Differentiating direct search, i.e. actively scanning information sources for relevant knowledge, and indirect search, i.e. revealing an innovation problem to a potential pool of contributors, we find that variations in search behavior lead to different coordination cost. Our analysis allows us to derive implication for the theory and management of open innovation.

Keywords: Open Innovation, Intermediaries, Coordination, Cost

JEL Classification: C21, D22, D83, L14, O32

Suggested Citation

Diener, Kathleen and Luettgens, Dirk and Piller, Frank T., Cost of Collaboration in Open Innovation: The Mediating Role of Search Strategy (February 28, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2571558 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2571558

Kathleen Diener (Contact Author)

RWTH Aachen University - Technology and Innovation Management Group ( email )

Kackertstr. 15
Aachen, 52072
Germany

Dirk Luettgens

RWTH Aachen University - Technology and Innovation Management Group ( email )

Kackertstr. 15
Aachen, 52072
Germany

Frank T. Piller

RWTH Aachen University ( email )

TEMPLERGRABEN 64
AACHEN, D-52056
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.tim.rwth-aachen.de/piller/

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