Learning from openness in open innovation?

In the November 2014 edition of the Strategic Management Journal there is an interesting article about how firms learn from openness in their innovation. The article is called “Learning form openness: the dynamics of breadth in external innovation linkages“.

The article shows that there may be a double benefit from openness in innovation. Openness increases not only the innovative performance in the current period, but there is also a learning effect for future openness and therefore future performance.

Open innovation is still a relative new phenomenon, which was first desbribed in 2003 by Henry Chesbrough in his book “Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology”. There are still many things to learn about the opportunities and risks. The new findings can be seen as a good addition to the opportunities and risks as they were described In the MITSloan Management Review last year in the article “Using open innovation to identify the best ideas“.

Below I have included a survey of three questions about open innovation, to see what readers of this blog think in general about open innovation.

Norbert Bol

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