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


  • 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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  • Julien Pénin & Caroline Hussler & Thierry Burger-Helmchen, 2011. "New shapes and new stakes: a portrait of open innovation as a promising phenomenon," Journal of Innovation Economics, De Boeck Université, vol. 0(1), pages 11-29.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:jiedbu:jie_007_0011

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    1. Zobel, Ann-Kristin & Lokshin, Boris & Hagedoorn, John, 2017. "Formal and informal appropriation mechanisms: The role of openness and innovativeness," Technovation, Elsevier, vol. 59(C), pages 44-54.
    2. Kotsemir, Maxim & Abroskin, Alexander, 2013. "Innovation Concepts and Typology – An Evolutionary Discussion," MPRA Paper 45069, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Thierry Burger-Helmchen & Patrick Llerena, 2012. "Creativity, Human Resources and Organizational Learning," Chapters,in: Evolution, Organization and Economic Behavior, chapter 8 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    4. Amélie Bohas & Julie Fabbri & Pierre Laniray & François-Xavier De Vaujany, 2018. "Employment‐entrepreneurship hybridization and new work practices: from slashers to alternate‐entrepreneurship
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    5. 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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    open innovation; collaborative innovation; crowdsourcing; markets for technology; intellectual property rights;

    JEL classification:

    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • L24 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Contracting Out; Joint Ventures
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • M2 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Economics


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