June 19, 2007

CFP: Broadening the Scope of Open Innovation

Following the success of the open innovation track at the EURAM 2007 conference, we are organizing a special issue of the International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM) on "Broadening the Scope of Open Innovation".

Deadline: 1 October 2007

Guest Editors:
Oliver Gassmann, University of St.Gallen (HSG), Switzerland
Wim Vanhaverbeke, Hasselt University & Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Vareska van de Vrande, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Henry Chesbrough coined the term 'Open Innovation' to indicate how large companies combine externally and internally developed technologies in a flexible way to develop new businesses. Since then, there has been an increased awareness and interest of both practitioners and researchers into the concept of Open Innovation.

Open Innovation was originally applied to external corporate venturing, new business development, spin-ins and spin-offs, but it has many other potential application fields. Scholars are nowadays broadening the scope and deepening our understanding of Open Innovation. There is a growing need integrate Open Innovation into the mainstream management literature and to link it to concepts such as absorptive capacity, dynamic capabilities, competence building, etc. The growing range of application fields requires an integrative framework to link these different areas to each other.
Finally, Open Innovation management has proven to be difficult as most companies are not experienced with the management of external relationships.
Despite the growing efforts to explore Open Innovation practices and their impact on firms' innovation performance, many managerial questions remain unanswered.

This special issue aims to stimulate the ongoing debate on Open Innovation and advance our understanding of open innovation as a field of research.
Submissions are invited from both practitioners and management researchers and they may be purely theoretical or based on empirical research.

Subject Coverage
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
* The organisation of open innovation practices inside the firm
* What are the processes and mechanisms through which internal innovation is commercialised outside the firm?
* How do external sources of innovation enter the firm?
* The added-value of open innovation practices for all parties involved
* How is cooperation with universities, research institutes, competitors, and/or consumers organised?
* Open source as an open innovation strategy
* IP management in a world of open innovation
* How do IP rights affect open innovation practices?
* What is the role of the government in stimulating open innovation?
* How much open innovation vs. closed innovation does a company need?
* Industry and product specifics on open innovation impact
* Potentials of inter-organisational networks for open innovation
* Innovation controlling of open innovation activities (e.g. key performance indicators, controlling instruments)
* Company's capabilities to profit from open innovation
* How to link open innovation to capability building and corporate strategy processes?
* How to create and capture value in Open Innovation?
* What is the role of business models, organisation structure and corporate culture in developing efficient innovation practices?

Important Dates
Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 1 October 2007
Notification of acceptance/rejection to authors: 1 January 2008
Submission of final manuscript: 1 March 2008

More info
For more info, please visit de Inderscience website or contact Vareska van de Vrande (v.j.a.v.d.vrande@tue.nl).

June 6, 2007

Open Innovation: A Worldwide Perspective

By Vareska van de Vrande

During the past few weeks, I have been immersed in open innovation research around the globe.

From May 16-19, I have co-chaired the Open Innovation track (#12) at the EURAM conference in Paris. From a large number of well written submissions to the track, 14 papers, broadly representing 4 different topics, were selected for presentation. On the first day of the conference, the track started with an overview of the current status of open innovation research, stressing the importance of management related issues in the implementation of open innovation in both large and small firms. The second session, on "External Knowledge Sourcing", stressed the roles of different external parties in the open innovation process, such as competitors, end-users and universities. During the third session, two more presentations stressed the role of universities as a source of external knowledge. The last session included a number of presentations around the organization of open innovation within companies and the corresponding challenges faced by firms. The keynote speech by Julian Birkinshaw advocated once more the need of a theory on open innovation and the issues that should be concerned when developing such a theory. In all, the different presentations in this track have shown once more the many aspects of open innovation research and the many questions that are still open for discussion. If you want to learn more about the different papers, please visit OpenInnovation.eu, where all presentations are available for download.

Soon after Paris, I left for the 5th International Symposium on Management of Technology (ISMOT'07) in Hangzhou, China. The conference was focused around the theme "Managing total innovation and open innovation in the 21st century" and was held at one of the leading research institutes of China: Zehjiang University. A number of keynote speeches from academic researchers as well as from leading industry experts stressed the growing importance of open innovation in their respective fields, indicating that open innovation is a truly global concept. The paper presentations furthermore showed that many Chinese researchers have also picked up on this topic. For more information about the conference, please visit the ISMOT'07 website.