April 29, 2014

CFP: Organizing Breakthrough Innovation

Call For Papers

Special Issue of the Journal of Product Innovation Management 
“Organizing for breakthrough innovation:
Taking inspiration from the organization of science”



Guest Editors
Massimo G. Colombo

Cristina Rossi-Lamastra
Paula E. Stephan
Georg von Krogh
In the current globalized competitive arena, breakthrough innovations, defined as new products or services that create entirely new markets or radically change existing ones (like the iPad), are a crucial (potential) source of competitive advantage for firms. They also are a fundamental mechanism to restore sustainable growth in advanced economies, which were severely hit by the global crisis.

The aim of this special issue is to examine what organizational arrangements are most conducive to breakthrough innovation. We are especially interested in investigating to what extent and under what conditions principles and guidelines applied in the organization of scientific projects which led to major scientific discoveries (Stephan, 2012) may inform the innovation activity of firms with the purpose of increasing the likelihood of achieving breakthrough innovations.

Submissions to the special issue should be sent electronically through the JPIM ScholarOne system before May 31, 2015. … The publication of the special issue is expected in 2017.
For more information, see the complete call for papers.

April 25, 2014

Research Policy: June 2014


The Research Policy special issue “Open Innovation: New Insights and Evidence” is now online with the final pagination. The June 2014 issue also publishes the new editorial board announced in April.

Thanks again to all who made this special issue possible.

References
  • Belderbos, René, Bruno Cassiman, Dries Faems, Bart Leten & Bart Van Looy. 2014. “Co-ownership of intellectual property: Exploring the value-appropriation and value-creation implications of co-patenting with different partners,” Research Policy 43 (5): 841-852, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.08.013
  • Colombo, Massimo G., Evila Piva & Cristina Rossi-Lamastra. 2014. “Open innovation and within-industry diversification in small and medium enterprises: The case of open source software firms,” Research Policy 43 (5): 891-902, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.08.015
  • Dahlander, Linus & Henning Piezunka. 2014. “Open to suggestions: How organizations elicit suggestions through proactive and reactive attention,” Research Policy 43 (5): 812-827, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.06.006
  • Du, Jingshu, Bart Leten & Wim Vanhaverbeke. 2014. “Does Open Innovation Improve the Performance of R&D Projects?” Research Policy 43 (5): 828-840, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.12.008
  • Felin, Teppo & Todd R. Zenger. 2014. “Closed or open innovation? Problem solving and the governance choice,” Research Policy 43 (5): 914-925, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.09.006
  • Gambardella, Alfonso & Claudio Panico. 2014. “On the Management of Open Innovation,” Research Policy 43 (5): 903-913, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.12.002
  • Henkel, Joachim, Simone Schöberl & Oliver Alexy. 2014. “The emergence of openness: How firms learn selective revealing in open innovation,” Research Policy 43 (5): 879-890, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.08.014
  • Laursen, Keld & Ammon J. Salter. 2014. “The Paradox of Openness: Appropriability, External Search and Innovation Collaboration,” Research Policy 43 (5): 867-878, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.10.004
  • Mina, Andrea, Elif Bascavusoglu-Moreau & Alan Hughes. 2014. “Open service innovation and the firm’s search for external knowledge,” Research Policy 43 (5): 853-866, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.07.004
  • West, Joel, Ammon Salter, Wim Vanhaverbeke & Henry Chesbrough. 2014. “Open innovation: The next decade,” Research Policy 43 (5): 805-811, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2014.03.001

April 14, 2014

OI special issue now online

Research Policy today announced that the last article of our special issue — “Open Innovation: New Insights and Evidence” — has been published online. All 10 articles (see below) are online at the Research Policy website, and will be in print in the June 2014 as Volume 43, Number 5.

In editing the special issue, we sought to shape how the field thinks about open innovation. We have a diverse body of research designs, that reflects the nature of the field today. (I will say more about the content of the special issue in a future posting).

About the Special Issue

Henry Chesbrough first suggested the special issue in September 2011, to mark the 10th anniversary of the publication of his original book, Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology. In October, we confirmed the four guest editors — Henry Chesbrough, Ammon Salter, Wim Vanhaverbeke and Joel West.

Also in October, I spoke with two of the (then 10) editors of Research Policy to understand the process of approving and running a special issue, and from this we submitted our proposal to RP in December. The RP editors approved our proposal in March 2012, and then the call for papers went out immediately. We had conference papers submitted in April, a conference at Imperial College London in June, and then the official manuscripts were submitted in September 2012.

I don’t know much about the broader debate on the quality of special issue articles, but these papers went through a process every bit as rigorous as any other paper for a top journal like RP. Even if editors liked a paper, in the end we couldn’t publish the paper unless it satisfied the reviewers and met all the standards of the journal. While there are two peer-reviewed articles by the editors in the special issue, four were rejected: all six were handled subject to Research Policy’s conflict of interest policies.

The special issue took longer than we expected. At the beginning, the RP approval process took an extra three months because we didn’t realize that RP only considered such proposals twice a year. During the process, we underestimated how long reviewers would take (even with quick turnaround, 60 days is best case), how many rounds we’d need (most papers required three rounds) and various other delays that came along the way (such as when reviewers turned us down). The first paper was accepted in June 2013 and the 9th paper in December 2013.

Finally, the editors (particularly me) contributed their own delays that probably added another 2-3 months to the process. Editing a book (with an overlapping set of contributors) certainly didn’t help. Thus, our 10th anniversary special issue — unlike Henry’s 20th anniversary issue for Teece (1986) — is coming out about six months later than we had originally hoped.

Acknowledgements

We want to thank the Research Policy editors — particularly Ben Martin who led the approval and particularly Ashish Arora who saw everyone of the manuscripts — for their encouragement, support and patience in this process. We want to thank the many reviewers — top innovation scholars who remain anonymous — for their thoughtful and timely feedback on the submissions.

Most of all, we want to thank the authors. We (sincerely) appreciate the submissions that made the special issue possible, and wish nothing but the best for authors whose papers that did not make it all the way through the process. We also want to thank the authors of the accepted papers for their perseverance:

Oliver Alexy Teppo Felin Claudio Panico
Elif Bascavusoglu-Moreau Alfonso Gambardella Henning Piezunka
René Belderbos Joachim Henkel Evila Piva
Bruno Cassiman Alan Hughes Cristina Rossi-Lamastra
Massimo G. Colombo Keld Laursen Simone Schöberl
Linus Dahlander Bart Leten Bart Van Looy
Jingshu Du Andrea Mina Todd R. Zenger
Dries Faems


We hope that the articles will be an important milestone in the careers of these authors, and that innovation researchers will find these articles useful in how they think about open innovation going forward.

References
  1. Belderbos, René; Cassiman, Bruno; Faems, Dries; Leten, Bart; Van Looy, Bart. 2014. “Co-ownership of intellectual property: Exploring the value-appropriation and value-creation implications of co-patenting with different partners,” Research Policy 43 (5), DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.08.013
  2. Colombo, Massimo G.; Piva, Evila; Rossi-Lamastra, Cristina. 2014. “Open innovation and within-industry diversification in small and medium enterprises: The case of open source software firms,” Research Policy 43 (5), DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.08.015
  3. Dahlander, Linus; Piezunka, Henning. 2014. “Open to suggestions: How organizations elicit suggestions through proactive and reactive attention,” Research Policy 43 (5), DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.06.006
  4. Du, Jingshu; Leten, Bart; Vanhaverbeke, Wim. 2014. “Does Open Innovation Improve the Performance of R&D Projects?” Research Policy 43 (5), DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.12.008
  5. Felin, Teppo; Zenger, Todd R. 2014. “Closed or open innovation? Problem solving and the governance choice,” Research Policy 43 (5), DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.09.006
  6. Gambardella, Alfonso; Panico, Claudio. 2014. “On the Management of Open Innovation,” Research Policy 43 (5), DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.12.002
  7. Henkel, Joachim; Schöberl, Simone; Alexy, Oliver. 2014. “The emergence of openness: How firms learn selective revealing in open innovation,” Research Policy 43 (5), DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.08.014
  8. Laursen, Keld; Salter, Ammon J. 2014. “The Paradox of Openness: Appropriability, External Search and Innovation Collaboration,” Research Policy 43 (5), DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.10.004
  9. Mina, Andrea; Bascavusoglu-Moreau, Elif; Hughes, Alan. 2014. “Open service innovation and the firm’s search for external knowledge,” Research Policy 43 (5), DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.07.004
  10. West, Joel, Salter, Ammon, Vanhaverbeke, Wim, Chesbrough, Henry. 2014. “Open innovation: The next decade,” Research Policy 43 (5), DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2014.03.001

April 7, 2014

Research Policy: New Editorial Board

The leading journal of innovation studies, Research Policy, has announced perhaps the large change in years to its editorial board. This includes four new editors, four appointments to a new category of associate editor, and 41 new advisory editors. (The RP website has the former changes, but does not yet have the latter two categories of changes).

For open innovation researchers, a new editor (Keld Laursen) and associate editor (Joel West) are associated with open innovation, while Henry Chesbrough continues as an advisory editor.

New Editors

Research Policy is unusual in that it lacks a single editor, but instead is run by 11 nominally equal editors. Authors submit to one of these editors, who then assign reviewers and make the editorial decision.

Although there are 11 editors, 40% 35% of the 800-900 manuscripts come to the three editors at SPRU at the University of Sussex. The journal’s informal lead editor (Ben Martin) and its editorial assistant (“managing editor” at other journals) are found at the same institute where RP was founded 40 years ago by Chris Freeman and others.

Here is the new lineup of 11 editors:
  • Ashish Arora: Duke University (USA)
  • Maryann Feldman: UNC Chapel Hill (USA)
  • Martin Kenney: UC Davis (USA)
  • Stefan Kuhlmann: University of Twente (Netherlands)
  • Keld Laursen: Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
  • Kenneth Lee: Seoul National University (Korea)
  • Ben Martin: SPRU, University of Sussex (UK)
  • Kazuyuki Motohashi: Tokyo University (Japan)
  • Paul Nightingale: SPRU, University of Sussex (UK)
  • Ed Steinmueller: SPRU, University of Sussex (UK)
  • Marie Thursby: Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)
Four of these are new editors who took office earlier this year:
  • Laursen and Motohashi were promoted from the Advisory Board;
  • Nightingale was previously book editor (a position that appears to be vacant); and
  • Feldman became an editor directly.
In 2013, Thursby was promoted from the advisory board. Meanwhile, two of last year's editors stepped down to become Advisory Editors.

Associate Editors

To deal with the increasing number of submissions, RP editors have also created a new position of Associate Editor, and appointed four people to this new position:
The editors will delegate a subset of their manuscripts to one of the associate editors in his/her area of expertise. The AE will pick reviewers and make editorial decisions based on reviewer recommendations.

Additional associate editors are expected to be named in coming years.

Advisory Editors

RP continues its system of Advisory Editors, who (as at many journals) commit to providing regular reviews. In the current update, RP has appointed 41 new Advisory Editors:

  • Kazuhiro Asakawa: Keio University (Japan)
  • Thomas Astebro: HEC Paris (France)
  • Suma Athreye: Brunel University (UK)
  • Janet Bercovitz: University of Illinois (USA)
  • Stefano Breschi: Bocconi University (Italy)
  • Steve Casper: Keck Graduate Institute (USA)
  • Elizabeth Corley: Arizona State University (USA)
  • Pablo D'Este: Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain)
  • Gabriela Dutrenit: Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico)
  • Kira Fabrizio: Boston University (USA)
  • Koen Frenken: Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands)
  • Erica Fuchs: Carnegie Mellon University (USA)
  • Jeffrey Funk: National University of Singapore (Singapore)
  • Jeff Furman: Boston University (USA)
  • Michelle Gittelman: Rutgers University (USA)
  • Shane Greenstein: Kellogg School, Northwestern University (USA)
  • Rosa Grimaldi: University of Bologna (Italy)
  • Karin Hoisl: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany)
  • Mei-Chih Hu: National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan)
  • Julia Lane: American Institutes for Research (USA)
  • Sungjoo Lee: Ajou University (Korea)
  • Aija Leiponen: Cornell & Imperial College London (USA/UK)
  • Kwanghui Lim: Melbourne Business School (Australia)
  • Francesco Lissoni: University of Brescia (Italy)
  • Xiaohui Liu: Loughborough University (UK)
  • Xielin Liu: University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
  • Vincent Mangematin: Grenoble Ecole de Management (France)
  • Myriam Mariani: Bocconi University (Italy)
  • Matt Marx: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
  • Gregory Nemet: University of Wisconsin (USA)
  • Walter G. Park: American University (USA)
  • Andrea Prencipe: LUISS Rome (Italy)
  • Bhaven N. Sampat: Columbia University (USA)
  • Henry Sauermann: Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)
  • Maria Savona: SPRU, University of Sussex (UK)
  • Laurel Smith-Doerr: Boston University (USA)
  • Bruce Tether: Manchester University (UK)
  • Bernhard Truffer: Eawag (Switzerland)
  • Bruno van Pottelsberghe: Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Belgium)
  • Reinhilde Veugelers: KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • Richard C.M. Yam: City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
The Advisory Board includes 41 new to the board, 41 Advisory Editors continuing from last year, and two former Editors who are now Advisory Editors.

Conclusions

With Laursen, West and (of course) Chesbrough on the editorial board, the opportunities for publishing OI research in Research Policy seem better than ever. Meanwhile, Eric von Hippel and two of his regular co-authors (Dietmar Harhoff and Joachim Henkel) remain on the Advisory Board to review user innovation manuscripts.

I'm also proud to note that one of the 41 new advisory editors is my colleague and boss, Steve Casper (interim dean at KGI). He is an oft-cited scholar on topics such as biotech spinoffs and high-tech clusters. This means that 50% of the business faculty of KGI are on the RP editorial board, which I think is an unusual ratio for RP (or any journal). In fact, a third faculty member, Jay Chok, has also published in Research Policy, bringing our RP publication rate up to 75%.

By comparison, SPRU has 6 editorial board members (3 editors, 1 associate editor and 2 advisory editors) out of 49 faculty (or 28 if you only count the lecturers, senior lecturers and professors). After SPRU, the next largest concentrations of RP editorial board members are
  • Five: Bocconi
  • Four: Berkeley and MIT
  • Three: Georgia Tech and Toronto
  • Two: Boston U., Colombia, Duke, Harvard, KGI, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, NUS
Congratulations to the new RP editorial board members. We all look forward to helping support innovation studies and one of its leading outlets.