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Exploring the adoption of Open Innovation in the Automotive Industry: Practices by carmakers and SMEs
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.). (Entrepreneurship and innovation)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3970-7102
2014 (English)In: NiTiM summer school: Complexity and Dynamics of Networks in the Digital Age, 2014Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Open Innovation continues being a hot topic in innovation management. One of its research streams has been arguing in favor of Open Innovation applicability in contexts other than high-tech industries and sectors. One of these contexts is the automotive industry that is considered as a mature, asset-intensive industry and where the innovation process is usually seen as restricted to the boundaries of the firm. In the last years, some researchers have provided evidences of open innovation practices in the automotive industry by focusing on some specific cases. Nevertheless, these evidences are not extensive and, therefore there is still an important possibility to study many of the Open Innovation assumptions and theories. Based on these ideas, the research question I want to answer is how and to what extent are Open Innovation practices adopted by carmakers and SMEs in the Automotive Industry and how is their combined effect on firm performance. To do this I am focusing in studying settings with actors of the automotive industry that have been majorly neglected so far by researchers. These industry actors include small carmakers and Tier 2 suppliers that may open their innovation process. Thus, I am adopting a mixed methods approach including desk research, 3 case studies of small carmakers and a quantitative survey of Tier 2 automotive suppliers (SMEs) in Italy. All in all, I expect that my findings will contribute to the debate of the applicability of Open Innovation in contexts other than high-tech, as well as, providing evidences of open innovation best practices useful for managers interested on improving innovation performance in firms.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-156827OAI: diva2:768007
International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation 2014 - ICE

QC 20150209. NV 20160212

Proceedings of the NiTiM summer school: Complexity and Dynamics of Networks in the Digital Age, Bergamo (Italy), 25th – 27th June 2014

Available from: 2014-12-02 Created: 2014-12-02 Last updated: 2016-02-22Bibliographically approved

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