In increasingly dynamic and demanding environments, firms need to develop innovative behaviour in order to successfully compete and create value both for themselves and for the economy as a whole. Technology and innovation management plays a vital role in the development of both for large firms as well as for small ones.
Although much has been written on the importance of innovation, new ideas and points of view open the mind to new ways of being innovative. The objective of this special issue is to provide theoretical and empirical evidence on the effect of open innovation on the boundaries of organisations.
The open innovation paradigm emphasises the importance of a wide range of external actors and sources to achieving and sustaining innovation. Rather than relying on internal R&D, organisations are increasingly engaging in open innovation. This means that they have exchanged the do-it-yourself option in the innovation process with a rich dialogue of different partners working together.
Thus the open innovation model redefines the boundaries between firms and their environments. These boundaries become ambiguous, emerging networks of different actors who act individually and together to achieve their goals. Innovation can be regarded as resulting from distributed interorganisational networks, rather than from single firms.
In this scenario and in order to promote the open innovation process, organisations need to strengthen the link between institutions that generate new knowledge, and search for new possibilities to share and distribute knowledge. As they cannot support their research and development purely through their internal capabilities, they interact with other firms in order to access new products, processes, patents and licenses. They should therefore improve their relationships with suppliers, clients and other organisations providing resources, such as universities and government authorities.
The open innovation paradigm emphasises the importance of new articles and literature in areas such as innovation policies, entrepreneurship, knowledge management, networks, technology transfer, interorganisational relationships and advantages of location.
Empirical research that uses multiple methods; conceptual papers that cover different theoretical perspectives; any original research with multiple levels of analysis; case studies, strategies, tools and techniques in open innovation are especially welcome. Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Open innovation policies
- Open innovation as a model of innovative practices and creation of knowledge
- Entrepreneurship and open innovation
- Technology transfer and open innovation
- Open innovation in transition economies
- Value creation, performance and open innovation
- Advantages of location: science and technological parks, industrial clusters
- University-industry relationships
- Intermediaries in R&D cooperative agreements
- Boundaries of organisations in open innovation networking
Submission deadline: 30 September, 2011