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EJIM Special Issue on Open Innovation

Special issue call for papers from European Journal of Innovation Management

According to Henry Chesbrough “Open Innovation is the use of purposive inflows and outflows of knowledge to accelerate internal innovation, and expand the markets for external use of innovation”. Several heterogeneous phenomena are compatible with such a broad definition and have all been labelled Open Innovation: Intellectual Property markets with or without the presence of intermediaries, crowdsourcing and lead user innovation, academic and company spin-offs, and collaborative research projects. The external sourcing and the external commercialization of innovation are very different practices as well.

To what extent these phenomena can be studied as one?

Open Innovation can be better understood as a broad framework including several phenomena which can be described by different open innovation models. The features shared by these models include the use of ICT to link actors across organizational boundaries, an inter-organizational division of the innovative work and the need to change business models and organizational systems. However, the roles and goals of the participants as well as processes, technologies and rules are expected to be different in phenomena described by different open innovation models.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to bring together papers which contribute to the understanding of the specific features of different open innovation models in terms of roles played by the participants, enacted practices, relations among actors, strategic goals and organizational implications with a special focus on the role played by ICT.

Papers can be purely theoretical or theory-driven empirical work, either qualitative or quantitative.
Potential contributions may include, but are not limited to, issues such as:

  • ICT enabled open innovation modelsAlignment of ICT and open innovation models
  • Co-evolution of technology and open innovation models
  • Dynamics of open innovation models
  • Participants’ roles in different open innovation models
  • Inter-organizational relations and open innovation models
  • Emergent open innovation models
  • Implementation of open innovation models
  • Integration of different open innovation models
  • IP management in different open innovation models
  • Open innovation models for SMEs
  • Different degrees of openness in innovation processes
  • Human resources management and open innovation models
  • Multiple levels of analysis in research on open innovation models

Guest Editors

Prof. Sven Carlsson
Department of Informatics
School of Economics and Management, Lund University
Ole Römers väg 6, SE-223 63 Lund, Sweden
[email protected]

Dr. Vincenzo Corvello
Department of Business Science, cubo 3C
University of Calabria
87036 Arcavacata di Rende (CS), Italy
[email protected]

Submission details

The deadline for submitting full papers is September 15, 2010

Papers should be submitted via Scholar One Manuscripts, please choose this special issue from the list when submitting:

Please read the author guidelines before submitting: