Session 256

Organizing for Open Innovation

Track I

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Time: 17:15 – 18:30


Room: Roma 2

Session Chair:

  • Anders Olsen, Copenhagen Business School

Title: Open Innovation at the Project Level: Project Characteristics and Open Innovation Configurations


  • Anders Olsen, Copenhagen Business School

Abstract: This paper contributes to existing knowledge of open innovation approaches and practices through a novel analysis at the project-level. The paper explores how firms’ open innovation approaches are contingent on project characteristics and analyzes the relationship between project characteristics in terms of novelty, open innovation configurations and resulting project quality. Furthermore, the paper contributes by introducing a measure of knowledge breadth to explore effects of accessing different knowledge domains through open innovation. Results show the importance of science search, curvilinear effects of breadth in numbers as well as in knowledge, and of the number of different organization types involved in projects. These findings are moderated by novelty of the innovations to contribute further detail and provide implications for both open innovation research and innovation managers.

Title: Opening Up the Strategy-Making and Innovation Process: Comparing Commonalities and Differences between Open Strategy and Open Innovation


  • Felix Werle, University of Zurich
  • David Seidl, University of Zurich
  • Leonhard Dobusch, Free University of Berlin

Abstract: While open innovation is an established field, open strategy is on the verge of recognition as a newly emerging empirical research phenomenon. Taking a communication perspective, we introduce a framework that distinguishes between two different dimensions of openness: sharing information with external participants and audiences, and receiving a broader range of topics and perspectives. Based on these two dimensions we map existing research in both fields, which allows us to identify different forms of openness in open innovation and open strategy processes. As sharing and receiving serve different purposes and are thus independent of each other in the context of open innovation, the dimensions of sharing and receiving are directly linked in the case of open strategy. Based on our study, we put forward three propositions to provide a foundation for future empirical research on both open innovation and open strategy phenomena.

Title: Setting an Agenda for Open Innovation Research: A Co-Citation and Text Mining-Based Review


  • Krithika Randhawa, University of Technology Sydney
  • Ralf Wilden, University of Newcastle
  • Jan Hohberger, University of Technology-Sydney

Abstract: This paper combines the bibliometric methods of co-citation analysis and text mining to provide an objective and systematic review of open innovation literature. Results reveal that open innovation research draws from many established schools of scholarship, yet presents opportunity to better integrate concepts from these research fields. Open innovation research covers three broad themes: Technology, Business models and value appropriation, and Users and communities. The technology theme has hitherto received the most research attention, while there is scope to: Develop a more comprehensive perspective of open innovation by including diverse levels of analysis (users, networks and communities); Direct increased attention to open innovation business models and value capture; and Enhance service focus and conceptualize ‘open service innovation’.

Title: The Interplay between Open Innovation and Absorptive Capacity: An Empirical Study in High-Tech Firms


  • Josune Saenz, University of Deusto
  • Nagore Ageitos Varela, University of Deusto
  • Nekane Aramburu Goya, University of Deusto

Abstract: Increasingly, firms form alliances with different agents in order to cooperate on innovation projects To benefit from these alliances, companies need to develop the capability to learn from external sources (i.e. absorptive capacity). Although many studies in the past have analyzed the beneficial effects of collaborative networks on innovation and of absorptive capacity (AC) on innovation, there are very few studies that analyze the interplay between both of them. Considering this, the aim of this paper is to contribute to fill this research gap by analyzing the moderating effect of AC in the relationship between innovation openness and incremental and radical innovation success in medium-high and high technology firms in Spain.

All Sessions in Track I...

Sun: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 278: Routines: Theoretical and Empirical Advancements and Avenues for Future Research
Sun: 09:30 – 10:45
Session 463: Big Data: Revolutionizing Innovation and Competition
Sun: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 464: Foundations Session: A conversation with Michael Tushman on Leadership, Innovation and Strategic Change
Sun: 15:45 – 17:00
Session 270: Innovation in MNCs and Global Networks
Session 275: Open Innovation: Outcomes and antecedents
Sun: 17:15 – 18:30
Session 605: Knowledge and Innovation IG Business Meeting
Mon: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 260: IPRs, Appropriability and Innovation
Session 274: Incumbents, Radical Innovations and Disruptive Technologies
Mon: 11:00 – 12:15
Session 276: Organizational Learning
Session 277: Learning From Others
Session 372: The Challenges of Global Operations: Managing R&D and Complexity
Session 423: Alliances and Innovation Performance
Mon: 14:45 – 16:00
Session 265: Learning, Search, Slack: The behavioral theory revisited
Session 269: Knowledge Flows: Transfer, sharing and replication
Mon: 16:30 – 17:45
Session 254: Conversations about Knowledge
Session 257: Spin offs, Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship
Tue: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 259: Institutionalizing Innovation: Norms, status and legitimacy issues
Session 273: From Internal Resources to Customer Needs
Session 383: Globalization of R&D: Implications for Learning and Innovation
Tue: 11:00 – 12:15
Session 267: The Role of Individuals in Innovation
Session 272: Research and Development: Antecedents and outcomes
Session 361: Creativity and Innovation
Session 469: M&As and Innovation
Tue: 15:30 – 16:45
Session 262: Networks of Innovators
Session 263: Innovation Models in Emerging Economies
Tue: 17:15 – 18:30
Session 255: Exploration and Exploitation
Session 256: Organizing for Open Innovation
Session 261: Practices and Processes for Innovation

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