Researching Open Innovation in SMEs


Authors : Wim Vanhaverbeke (Universiteit Hasselt, Belgium & ESADE Business School, Spain & NUS, Singapore), Federico Frattini (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Nadine Roijakkers (Open Universiteit, The Netherlands), Muhammad Usman (Universiteit Hasselt, Belgium)

Publisher : World Scientific

ISBN : 978-981-3230-96-5

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The concept of open innovation (OI) has become a very popular topic during the last decade, with increasing number of SMEs embracing OI practices to gain competitive advantage. This edited volume is a timely opportunity to gather research on OI in SMEs, to investigate how OI is managed and implemented to determine the peculiarities compared to OI management in large companies, and to specify the consequences for future OI research.

The book offers insights into the following topics: The state of the art on open innovation in SMEs; adopting open innovation in SMEs; interorganizational networks and innovation ecosystems; sectoral patterns of open innovation in SMEs; and measuring, evaluating and stimulating open innovation in SMEs.
Wim Vanhaverbeke is professor at the University of Hasselt. He is also visiting professor at ESADE Business School and the National university of Singapore. He has published in several international journals such as Organization Science, Research Policy, California Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Small Business Economics, Journal of Business Venturing, Technovation etc. He co-edited with Henry Chesbrough and Joel West the books "Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm" (OUP, 2006) and "New frontiers in open innovation" (OUP, 2014). His latest book Open innovation in SMEs" was published by Cambridge University press in 2016. He is a dedicated open innovation researcher collaborating with different partners in universities and companies around the globe. His current research focuses on open innovation in SMEs, innovation ecosystems and the implementation of open innovation practices. He established the European Innovation Forum with Henry Chesbrough in 2012. He is a frequently asked speaker at leading international conferences and an adviser for several globally operating companies. He consults and organizes workshops for multinationals and technology companies. He was recently recognized by the International Association of Management of Technology (IAMOT) as one of the top 50 authors of technology and innovation management during the period 2008–2012.

Federico Frattini is Full Professor at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano (Italy). At MIP, the Graduate School of Business of Politecnico di Milano, Federico is Member of the Executive Board, Director of the MBA & Executive MBA Unit, Director of the ICT & Digital Unit, and Director of the Evening Executive MBA. Since August 2014 Federico Frattini has been Honorary Researcher at the Institute for Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development of the University of Lancaster (UK). His research interest is in technology and innovation management, with a particular focus on open innovation and on innovation strategies in the renewable energy, energy efficiency and smart grid industries. On these topics, he has authored 2 books published with international editors and more than 160 papers on peer-reviewed journal, edited books and proceedings of international conferences. In 2013 he was nominated among the top 50 scholars of technology and innovation management worldwide by the International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT).

Nadine Roijakkers is Associate Professor of Open Innovation at the Open University in Heerlen, the Netherlands. Besides a career in academia, she was a Senior Strategy Consultant at KPMG Consulting in the Netherlands for several years advising global companies on their collaborative strategies and practices. Nadine published numerous articles and book chapters on alliance management and innovation management.

Muhammad Usman is a doctoral candidate with a research focus on strategy and open innovation. His academic research aims to explore open innovation phenomenon with a particular emphasis on small and medium enterprises. He has hands-on experience of project management prior to joining the doctoral program at the Hasselt University, Belgium. Drawing on this practical experience along with an MBA degree gives him an apt blend of understanding to focus on emerging innovation strategies and practices.
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