Int. J. of Technology Management   »   2015 Vol.68, No.1/2



Title: Academics as orchestrators of continuous innovation ecosystems: towards a fourth generation of CI initiatives


Authors: Luca Gastaldi; Francesco Paolo Appio; Antonella Martini; Mariano Corso


Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Università di Pisa, Italy
Università di Pisa, Italy
Politecnico di Milano, Italy


Abstract: In this paper, we shed light on why academics are in one of the best positions to orchestrate inter-organisational initiatives of continuous innovation (CI) within an innovation context that is shifting towards an open collaborative ecosystem mode. Two rationales seem to explain the potential key role of academics within a CI ecosystem: 1) their independence; 2) their compliance to CI ecosystem's purposes - independently by its type. The implications of the five papers invited to be part of the special issue, and formerly presented at the 14th International CINet Conference in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, are also discussed.


Keywords: continuous innovation; open collaborative ecosystems; OCE; academics; inter-organisational initiatives; faculty members.


DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2015.068784


Int. J. of Technology Management, 2015 Vol.68, No.1/2, pp.1 - 20


Available online: 10 Apr 2015



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