In addition, rather than being the opinion of one researcher (as it was for the first half-decade of this website), the academic content will be curated following policies set by a group of scholars. In other words, we would use more of an open science process to collect and disseminate scientific research on open innovation.
The content we anticipate providing would include:
- Teaching materials, including cases
- Summary of new research
- A bibliography of published OI research
This was an issue I faced several times sinceI started the original website in 2005. It came up when deciding what to include in my old, ad hoc bibliography of published open innovation research, particularly when people sent me a paper and said “here, please list this.”
It’s also something that many of us wrestle with when doing a literature review or overview of the subject. For the website, we want to have a relatively broad definition — but at the same time one that remains consonant with the work of Chesbrough and others in this tradition.
Personally, I think the definition should be a little tighter for theoretical work — something either or is not “open innovation” — than for teaching cases that might illustrate points related to the use of inbound or outbound OI. For example, I find that user innovation cases can often be used to illustrate OI points, and to change the students’ orientation to look outside the firm. Another teaching example would be to look at IP licensing business models, which certainly existed prior to Henry’s 2003 book, but nonetheless can be used to illustrate the principles of open innovation.
We expect to have more to announce early next year. In the meantime, we would appreciate any suggestions from our academic readers as to content or other useful features we should add to the website.