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Open innovation conference: new insights and evidence


Business partner conceptThe UK~IRC hosted a two-day conference on Open Innovation on 25-26 June 2012 at Imperial College London to mark the 10th anniversary of the publication of Professor Henry Chesbrough‘s Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology.

As a result of the conference a special issue of the journal Research Policy will be published entitled “Open Innovation: New Insights and Evidence”, with guest editors Henry Chesbrough, Ammon Salter, Wim Vanhaverbeke and Joel West, working in conjunction with Research Policy co-editor Ashish Arora.

Topics for the conference included:

  • How does the use of open innovation impact the capabilities of the firm to engage in business venturing and strategic renewal?
  • What environmental and internal factors trigger companies to engage in open innovation?
  • What are the performance implications of open innovation?
  • Under what conditions do the costs of open innovation exceed the benefits?
  • How have patterns of open innovation changed over time?
  • What synergies are available by combining inbound and outbound modes of innovation?
  • How should open innovation be applied in new ventures and small and medium-sized companies?
  • How does open innovation change the role of intellectual property in a firm?
  • What the conceptual and empirical limitations of prevailing models of open innovation?
  • What are the implications of an open innovation for individuals and teams?

The UK~IRC was pleased to sponsor this event alongside the Innovation Studies Centre at Imperial College London, and the University of California, Berkeley.