February 26, 2009

CFP: OUI 2009 in Hamburg

The call for papers has been posted for the 4th 7th annual User and Open Innovation Open and User Innovation Workshop. The workshop this year will be hosted by the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and its affiliated K├╝hne School of Logistics and Management. It will be held from June 3-5, 2009 at the at the TUHH campus in Harburg and also at the University of Hamburg in the central city.

Organizers ask that participants register by March 30th and upload a one page abstract of their proposed paper by April 19th.

I attended the UOI event for the first time with UOI 2008. (Of course, this was the first “UOI” conference — the 2007 and earlier conferences focused strictly on user innovation). I came back energized and excited — it showed the advantages of the workshop format over the larger conferences.

The organizers of the 2009 event includes Christina Raasch and Cornelius Herstatt who at UOI 2008 presented a slick paper about user innovation in sailboats. Due to size constraints, they don’t expect the conference to be as big as last year (55 papers and 120 participants), so send that application now!

Mea culpa (23 Mar 2010): 2008 was “User and Open Innovation” but 2009 is “Open and User Innovation”. I’ve tried to update the various blog entries appropriately.

February 25, 2009

Open innovation in financial services

A new book is being published by Springer entitled Open Innovation in Financial Services. Amazon quotes an availability of March 1, while Springer quotes April 3. However, excerpts are available on Google books.

I have not seen a copy of the book, but the Google version implies there’s an interview with Henry Chesbrough at the end. I know that Henry has been keen to see more open innovation research done in the services area.

February 24, 2009

Update on OI by DuPont Chile

Today DuPont posted its own news snippet on its presentation at the “Open Innovation = Connecting Knowledge” seminar in Santiago, Chile.

The notice has less specifics than my earlier discussion of its Armura solution for bulletproof cars for the middle class, but it does have a picture of presentation by the general manager of DuPont Chile.

February 4, 2009

J&J testimonial to open innovation

In an op-ed article this week in the Boston Globe, Paul Stoffels of Johnson & Johnson wrote a testimonial to the value of open innovation. He concludes:
We believe open innovation will fuel the intellectual entrepreneurship and novel collaborations across institutions and geographies needed to develop solutions to some of the world's most critical healthcare challenges and to directly address patient needs in both developed and emerging economies. In turn, these solutions will provide the economic entrepreneurship that will help spur recovery and, when combined with health diplomacy, will ensure that innovation delivers solutions for generations to come.
He also made these points in an earlier interview with the WSJ.

I’m not clear what’s different. Big pharma has long used open innovation, particularly sourcing compounds or technologies form universities, and partnering with innovative biotech startups to enter new markets.

A friend in the pharma industry recommends the blog FierceBioResearcher, which appears to tie it all together. In commenting on the WSJ article as well as an earlier posting, blogger John Carroll notes that (to use my terms) big pharma is no longer able to use its R&D to create the separation it needs. Instead, as R&D has become more dispersed and commoditized, the pharma companies are sourcing technology from the cheapest possible locations.

To me, this sounds like the IT offshoring boom 10 years ago. Some of the offshoring failed and the work has come back, but overall, routine software engineering will never be concentrated within 40 miles of Palo Alto the way it once was.