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New shapes and new stakes: a portrait of open innovation as a promising phenomenon


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  • Julien Pénin
  • Caroline Hussler
  • Thierry Burger-Helmchen


Open innovation has attracted extensive interest (and has raised numerous debates) in the recent literature on economics and management of innovation. If rich and stimulating, open innovation remains however a loose concept, which calls for further exploration of its shapes and stakes. This article precisely intends to 1) question the originality of the open innovation paradigm, by confronting it with other related concepts developed in the literature previously; 2) investigate more in depth the new modalities that open innovation may take in reality; and 3) discuss the rationales and challenges of the different declinations of the open innovation model by analyzing their benefits and their costs. In other words, we both summarize the state of the art on open innovation and identify research tracks worth being investigating in the future. JEL Codes: L22, L24, O32, M2

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Article provided by De Boeck Université in its journal Journal of Innovation Economics.

Volume (Year): n°7 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 11-29

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Keywords: open innovation; collaborative innovation; crowdsourcing; markets for technology; intellectual property rights;

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  1. Kotsemir, Maxim & Abroskin, Alexander, 2013. "Innovation Concepts and Typology – An Evolutionary Discussion," MPRA Paper 45069, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Nordhause-Janz, Jürgen, 2013. "Innovationen in der Bauwirtschaft: Patentaktivitäten der deutschen und europäischen Wertschöpfungskette Bau," Forschung Aktuell 08/2013, Institut Arbeit und Technik (IAT), Westfälische Hochschule, University of Applied Sciences.


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