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International Journal of Technology Management
International Journal of Technology Management


Special Issue on: "Broadening the Scope of Open Innovation"

Guest Editors:
Oliver Gassmann, University of St.Gallen (HSG), Switzerland
Wim Vanhaverbeke, Hasselt University & Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Vareska van de Vrande, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Henry Chesbrough coined the term 'Open Innovation' to indicate how large companies combine externally and internally developed technologies in a flexible way to develop new businesses. Since then, there has been an increased awareness and interest of both practitioners and researchers into the concept of Open Innovation.

Open Innovation was originally applied to external corporate venturing, new business development, spin-ins and spin-offs, but it has many other potential application fields. Scholars are nowadays broadening the scope and deepening our understanding of Open Innovation. There is a growing need integrate Open Innovation into the mainstream management literature and to link it to concepts such as absorptive capacity, dynamic capabilities, competence building, etc. The growing range of application fields requires an integrative framework to link these different areas to each other. Finally, Open Innovation management has proven to be difficult as most companies are not experienced with the management of external relationships. Despite the growing efforts to explore Open Innovation practices and their impact on firms' innovation performance, many managerial questions remain unanswered.

This special issue aims to stimulate the ongoing debate on Open Innovation and advance our understanding of open innovation as a field of research. Submissions are invited from both practitioners and management researchers and they may be purely theoretical or based on empirical research.

Subject Coverage
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • The organisation of open innovation practices inside the firm
  • What are the processes and mechanisms through which internal innovation is commercialised outside the firm?
  • How do external sources of innovation enter the firm?
  • The added-value of open innovation practices for all parties involved
  • How is cooperation with universities, research institutes, competitors, and/or consumers organised?
  • Open source as an open innovation strategy
  • IP management in a world of open innovation
  • How do IP rights affect open innovation practices?
  • What is the role of the government in stimulating open innovation?
  • How much open innovation vs. closed innovation does a company need?
  • Industry and product specifics on open innovation impact
  • Potentials of inter-organisational networks for open innovation
  • Innovation controlling of open innovation activities (e.g. key performance indicators, controlling instruments)
  • Company's capabilities to profit from open innovation
  • How to link open innovation to capability building and corporate strategy processes?
  • How to create and capture value in Open Innovation?
  • What is the role of business models, organisation structure and corporate culture in developing efficient innovation practices?

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 1 October 2007

Notification of acceptance/rejection to authors: 1 January 2008

Submission of final manuscript: 1 March 2008