Leveraging Open Innovation to Improve Society: Past Achievements and Future Trajectories

R&D Management 49 (3): 267-278

24 Pages Posted: 15 May 2019 Last revised: 4 Aug 2019

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Joon Mo Ahn

Graduate School of Management of Technology, Sogang University; University of Cambridge - Institute for Manufacturing

Nadine Roijakkers

Open University of the Netherlands

Riccardo Fini

University of Bologna - Department of Management; Imperial College London

Letizia Mortara

University of Cambridge - Institute for Manufacturing

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Date Written: April 16, 2019

Abstract

Open Innovation (OI) is an approach which describes a purposive attempt to draw together knowledge from different contributors to develop and exploit innovation. It has become clear that OI directly benefits organisations' economic performance and resilience, but researchers, practitioners, and policy makers became also convinced that OI might be the way forward to tackle the world’s most pressing societal challenges, representing unresolved Grand Challenges, which can only be weathered by diverse sets of collaborative partners that join forces. Although anecdotal evidence points at how OI practices can be employed to achieve societal impact not only in private firms but also in public organisations, very little understanding exists -beyond anecdotal- to link OI to societal impact. This special issue has the ambition to start the discussion and establish a framework as the stepping stone to tackle this complex research gap.

Keywords: open innovation, societal challenge, grand challenges, social innovation, motivations, ecosystems

JEL Classification: O1, O3

Suggested Citation

Ahn, Joon Mo and Roijakkers, Nadine and Fini, Riccardo and Mortara, Letizia, Leveraging Open Innovation to Improve Society: Past Achievements and Future Trajectories (April 16, 2019). R&D Management 49 (3): 267-278, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3373053

Joon Mo Ahn

Graduate School of Management of Technology, Sogang University ( email )

Seoul 121-742
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

University of Cambridge - Institute for Manufacturing ( email )

17 Charles Babbage Road
Cambridge, CB3 0FS
United Kingdom

Nadine Roijakkers

Open University of the Netherlands ( email )

P.O. Box 2960
Heerlen 6401DL
Netherlands

Riccardo Fini (Contact Author)

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Via Terracini 28
Bologna, 40131
Italy

HOME PAGE: http://www.unibo.it/faculty/riccardo.fini

Imperial College London ( email )

South Kensington Campus
London SW7 2AZ, DC
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/people/r.fini

Letizia Mortara

University of Cambridge - Institute for Manufacturing ( email )

17 Charles Babbage Road
Cambridge, CB3 0FS
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/people/lm367/

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