November 22, 2010

Save the date: OUI 2011

Christopher Lettl and Nik Franke shared an update today as to next year’s OUI conference.

The Open and User Innovation Workshop 2011 will take place from July 4-6 at the Festsaal of WU Vienna (located in Augasse 2-6, Vienna).

Normally the conference is held in June (when in Europe) or in August (prior to the Academy of Management) when in Boston. I’ll be curious to hear whether the July 4 date will be a positive or negative for American participation.

November 17, 2010

Distributed innovation at Berkeley II

Clearing out old articles stuck in my outbasket.

Reprising my appearance last year, on Aug. 31 I presented my talk at Henry Chesbrough‘s Open Innovation Speaker Series in UC Berkeley. The audience was mostly engineering graduate students, with the largest proportion apparently chemical engineers.

My talk provide an overview of O/U/CI and thus was titled “An Overview of Distributed Perspectives on Innovation.” It was an updated version of my May talk in Göttingen, which in turn was an update of my September 2009 talk at COI. Part of this is that the goals were very similar: give an overview of OI and related theories in 45 minutes.

The slides are up on SlideShare and the PDF even has hotlinks to all of the books for readers who want to learn more about them. (Many of these same references are in my postings on the key books for O/U/CI research and influential O/U/CI articles and books, and my references for the May talk.)

For the first day of class, I think the value was in contrasting OI/UI/CI research, and then emphasizing the importance of topics like crowdsourcing and OI-by-acquisition (aka OI-becoming-VI). I spent a particularly long time on communities, because I think OI has (mostly) neglected studying communities to a degree that UI certainly has not.

For open innovation scholars, the most interesting part is the latest incarnation of my (2010 AOM) paper with Marcel Bogers on innovation modes. We made good progress during our time at Montreal, and I think are getting closer to having something that will make a publishable contribution (rather than just an interesting typology).

The presentation is now up on YouTube. If you watch the video, it’s obvious I had time problems at the end. One reasons was Chesbrough gave a substantive introduction to OI rather than (as I had assumed) just discussing the administrative policies. But the main reason was that my watch — synchronized to global time standards via my laptop — was five minutes behind the classroom clock, something I didn’t notice until near the end. It’s easy to make up 5 minutes when you have 30 minutes left, but not when you have 5 minutes left.

My other failing was that when I was asked about (effectively) corporate venture capital, I couldn’t remember the name of Markku Maula, lead author of Chapter 12 of our 2006 book. It has nothing to do with the quality of his work on CVC and everything to do with not seeing Markku more than once every few years. (Another problem is that he’s the only Markku or Maula that I know.)

My gratitude to Henry Chesbrough and Solomon Darwin for inviting me to kick off the program. It’s great to have a room full of people interested in open innovation, as was demonstrated by the lively discussion afterwards.

Note: I held the article awaiting the YouTube video, but due to technical difficulties the no video was made. My Sept. 2009 COI talk is on YouTube, and Solomon and I plan to double-check the A/V technicalities before my next COI talk on Jan. 24.

November 14, 2010

CFP: PhD seminar at ESADE

Call for Participation

PhD Seminar
Open Innovation & Open Business Models
ESADE, Barcelona
24-25 January 2011
Organized by
Henry Chesbrough: UC Berkeley Center for Open Innovation; ESADE
Wim Vanhaverbeke: Hasselt University; ESADE; & Vlerick Management School
For more information, see the program and registration page.

November 10, 2010 2.0

This week we launch the second phase of the website, which is now called the “Open Innovation Community.”

The goals of the upgraded website are threefold
  • To go beyond the existing academic audience to also reach a managerial audience
  • To have an up-to-date source for information about all aspects of open innovation
  • To attract participation from a broad range of open innovation experts and interested parties
Open Services Innovation: Rethinking Your Business to Grow and Compete in a New EraThe change comes out of a series of conversations I had with Henry Chesbrough over the past three months. The timing was motivated by Henry’s desire to create a new website to promote his new book, Open Services Innovation.

More broadly, Henry (and Wim Vanhaverbecke and I and many others) are concerned a bout making sure that the concept of “open innovation” is used accurately. On the one hand, some of the claims made for open innovation are (in my opinion) overly expansive, stretching the original insights of Open Innovation beyond recognition. A theory of everything quickly becomes a theory of nothing

Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating And Profiting from TechnologyOn the other hand, there are self-proclaimed open innovation “experts” that don’t seem to have read any of the prior research, including Chesbrough’s 2003 and 2006 books and the Chesbrough/Vanhaverbecke/West edited volume. (If you deliberately avoiding learning what’s already known about a subject, how can you be an “expert”?)

So the hope is that over the next few months and years, and the Open Innovation Community will become a more collaborative venue for reporting, writing and discussing about open innovation. If people have news tips, they can be submitted via the contact page (I think we will eventually set up an email address as well.)

While the new website will have a broader focus, most of the existing content has been retained under the “Researchers” menu of the main site. I will continue to edit this blog going forward, at the same address, although other blogs might also be added to the website at some point in the future.

As part of the shift, I have transferred to Henry control of the domain name that I created back in 2005 to promote our book. He has invested significant resources in a professional marketing communications firm to develop the new website that was launched on Monday. (Most of the previous content transferred over, but there will be some teething pains: let me know if you spot anything.)

While Henry created what we now know as “open innovation” concept, his concept for the new is his is not the only voice or perspective represented therein. Instead, as the outgoing owner of, I nominated him as Benevolent Dictator for Life of the new site — much like Linus Torvalids, Guido van Rossum or Larry Wall — and he cheerfully embraced that model. As the BDFL, he retains the master key, but wants to encourage a thriving community of external participants.

Henry and I have discussed specifics about the academic community that we would like to create, and the sort of new leaders that will be necessary to make that happen. More on this in the next post.

November 4, 2010

Nov. 11 webcast on open services innovation

Henry Chesbrough and Gary Hamel will be featured in a Nov. 11 webcast on open services innovation. The webcast will be hosted by — the PR arm of RedHat, the Linux software distributor.

Open Services Innovation: Rethinking Your Business to Grow and Compete in a New EraChesbrough’s appearance is one of several is timed in anticipation of his new book, Open Services Innovation. Hamel is of course the well known strategy guru and consultant.

The webcast will begin at 1030 PST or 1830 GMT. For more information, sign up on the web page.