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Knowing the Ropes in Open Innovation: Understanding Tensions through a Paradox Lens
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.). Högskolan i Gävle.
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The fundamental paradox of disclosure suggested by Kenneth Arrow represents a challenge in contemporary open innovation settings. Potential negative outcomes of this paradox – e.g. misappropriation of ideas – are still not fully avertable. Researchers, practitioners and policy makers strive to untangle tensions related to this paradox, because failure to manage such tensions might entail lost jobs and hampered economic and technological growth.The purpose of this thesis is to provide a deeper understanding of this paradox by combining three perspectives on tensions in open innovation and applying a paradox lens. The overarching perspective is of value co-creation–value capture. The thesis comprises of five papers that are based on quantitative, qualitative and conceptual studies. The findings reveal: 1) characteristics of tensions; 2) factors that create tensions; and 3) possible solutions and pitfalls to managing said tensions. Findings show that tensions may be managed as paradoxical, dilemmatic or dialectical, depending e.g. on the need to be open or on the overlap between a product’s solution and its characteristics. Moreover, tensions could be spurred by a variety of factors, which may be categorized as: plurality of views, scarcity of resources, change, and combinations thereof (compound factors).Possible solutions to managing tensions include e.g. increasing staff awareness about intellectual property issues or improving collaboration contracts. Possible pitfalls are linked to over-focusing on either co-creating or on capturing value, and also to subsequent tensions. Findings also reveal a category of factors with dual role, which depending on their intensity, may lead to either solutions or to pitfalls. This hints towards additional layers of complexity concerning the paradox of disclosure. The findings contribute to theory on open innovation, appropriability and organizational paradox, and have important implications for practitioners and policy makers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2018. , p. 116
Series
TRITA-ITM-AVL ; 2018:53
Keywords [en]
tensions, open innovation, paradox of disclosure, value co-creation, value capture, openness, appropriability, intellectual property rights, misappropriation, paradox lens
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering
Research subject
Industrial Economics and Management
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-238465ISBN: 978-91-7873-014-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-238465DiVA, id: diva2:1260076
Public defence
2018-11-23, F3, Lindstetsvägen 26, Stockholm, 14:00 (English)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2018-11-01 Created: 2018-11-01 Last updated: 2018-11-01Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Appropriability: A key to opening innovation internationally?
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2016 (English)In: International Journal of Technology Management, ISSN 0267-5730, E-ISSN 1741-5276, Vol. 71, no 3-4, p. 232-252Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study focuses on the tense appropriability-openness relationship, defined by some as paradox. Based on an international survey of 415 manufacturing firms, we investigate how the use of different kinds of intellectual property protection mechanisms (IPPMs) affects interfirm R&D collaboration while considering partner location in the analysis as well. Our results show that the use of formal, semi-formal or informal IPPMs has different effects on openness in terms of partner variety and depth of collaboration with academic partners, value chain partners and competitors. Moreover, when considering location we uncover previously hidden appropriability-openness liaisons showing that semi-formal or informal IPPMs are mainly valid in relation to national partners, whereas formal appropriability explains international collaborations. One implication of the study is that to better understand the appropriability-openness relationship it is imperative to differentiate between national and international settings. We further suggest that the potential paradox delineating this relationship has a geographical dimension.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
InderScience Publishers, 2016
Keywords
appropriability; intellectual property protection; IPP mechanisms; IPPMs; inter-firm collaboration; openness paradox; R&D collaboration; research and development; international collaboration; open innovation; partner location; partner breadth; partner variety; partner depth; survey; manufacturing industry; national collaboration; international collaboration; geographical dimensions.
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-200371 (URN)10.1504/IJTM.2016.078570 (DOI)000391087000005 ()2-s2.0-84985930525 (Scopus ID)
Note

QC 20170126

Available from: 2017-01-25 Created: 2017-01-25 Last updated: 2018-11-01Bibliographically approved
2. Unravelling appropriability mechanisms and openness depth effects on firm performance across stages in the innovation process
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2017 (English)In: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering
Research subject
Industrial Economics and Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-238446 (URN)10.1016/j.techfore.2017.03.014 (DOI)
Available from: 2018-10-31 Created: 2018-10-31 Last updated: 2018-11-01
3. Embracing the paradox of inter-organisational value co-creation – value capture: A literature review towards paradox resolution
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Embracing the paradox of inter-organisational value co-creation – value capture: A literature review towards paradox resolution
2018 (English)In: Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering
Research subject
Industrial Economics and Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-238447 (URN)
Available from: 2018-10-31 Created: 2018-10-31 Last updated: 2018-11-01
4. Coping with tensions in open innovation: Challenges and solutions to co-create and capture value
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Coping with tensions in open innovation: Challenges and solutions to co-create and capture value
2018 (English)In: Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering
Research subject
Industrial Economics and Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-238448 (URN)
Available from: 2018-10-31 Created: 2018-10-31 Last updated: 2018-11-01
5. Disentangling the nature of tensions in Arrow’s paradox of disclosure
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Disentangling the nature of tensions in Arrow’s paradox of disclosure
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering
Research subject
Industrial Economics and Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-238449 (URN)
Note

Qc 20181112

Available from: 2018-10-31 Created: 2018-10-31 Last updated: 2018-11-12Bibliographically approved

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