Implementation Of Open Innovation Practices In Swedish Manufacturing Industry

DS 58-1: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 1, Design Processes, Palo Alto, CA, USA, 24.-27.08.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Parida, Vinit; Johansson, Christian; Larsson, Tobias
Section: Design Processes
Page(s): 435-446


We are witnessing a shift towards more "open innovation" approaches and practices where firms cooperate and to a higher degree rely on external sources in their innovative work, and where the aim is to enhance innovation both inside and outside the boarders of the firm. However, there is a lack on studies on this research topic. Thus, the main purpose of the study is to get a deeper understanding of how can large firms implement open innovation practices. This purpose will be achieved by first, understanding the current innovation process and second, focus on critical aspects such as, partners, capabilities, and role of SMEs which can be important for implementing open innovation practices. The study is based on qualitative data from two companies from Swedish manufacturing industry. The results show that both companies don't clearly practice open innovation. However, several lesions can be learned regarding important aspects related with open innovation implementation.

Keywords: open innovation, manufacturing industry, capabilities, small and medium sized enterprises


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