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October 12, 2011 / compassioninpolitics

Researchers on open innovation & democratizing innovation

Researchers on democratizing innovation

What is Open Innovation? Well Wikipedia suggests:

Although the idea and discussion about some consequences (especially the interfirm cooperation in R&D) date back at least to the 60s, open innovation is a term promoted by Henry Chesbrough, a professor and executive director at the Center for Open Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley, in his book Open Innovation: The new imperative for creating and profiting from technology[1]. The concept is related to user innovation, cumulative innovation, Know-How Trading, mass innovation and distributed innovation.
“Open innovation is a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as the firms look to advance their technology”[2]. The boundaries between a firm and its environment have become more permeable; innovations can easily transfer inward and outward. The central idea behind open innovation is that in a world of widely distributed knowledge, companies cannot afford to rely entirely on their own research, but should instead buy or license processes or inventions (i.e. patents) from other companies. In addition, internal inventions not being used in a firm’s business should be taken outside the company (e.g. through licensing, joint ventures or spin-offs)[3].

This is a list compiled by Eric Von Hipple which I’ve re-transcribed, because I thought it would be helpful to readers:

Yum Mi Antorini (CBS)
Carliss Baldwin (HBS)
Inrina Cohuharenco (FCEE-Catolica)
Jeroean de Jong (Erasmus)
Emm Fauchart (Lausanne)
Nikolaus Franke (WU Vienna)
Fred Cault (OECD)
Anil Gupta (India)
Dietmar Harhoff (LMU)
Joachim Henkel (TUM)
Cornelius Herstatt (TUH)
Chisteeah Hienerth (CBS)
Lars Bo Jeppessen (CBS)
Georg von Krogh (ETH Zurich)
Christoper Lettl (WU Vienna)
Christian Luthje (TUH)
Pam Morrison (UNSW)
Pedro Oliveira (FCEE-Catolica)
Sonali Shah (U of Washington)
Stefan Thomke (HBS)
Glenn Urban (MIT)
Andrel Villareel (FCEE-Catolica)
Eric von Hippel (MIT)

Who is Eric Von Hipple?

Eric von Hippel (born August 27, 1941) is an economist and a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, specializing in the nature and economics of distributed and open innovation. He is best known for his work developing the concept of user innovation – that end-users, rather than manufacturers, are responsible for a large amount of new innovation. In order to describe this phenomenon, he introduced the term lead user in 1986. von Hippel’s work has applications in business strategy and free/open source software (FOSS) and von Hippel is one of the most highly cited social scientists writing on FOSS.


You can read more by Eric Von Hipple on open innovation and democratizing innovation here.
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