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From closed to open: ICT as an Enabler for Creating Open Innovation Systems in  Industrial Settings
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Most forestry machines being produced today include a PC that monitors and controls the harvester head, and an information system that stores data on every action the driver or the machine performs. ICT thus provides an opportunity to improve efficiency and competitiveness and possibly also opens up for new ways of working for actors in the forestry industry. The purpose of this study is to investigate how ICT can enable the transformation from selling products to selling services in the forestry industry. We investigate this through performing a Case Study including a number of actors from the Forestry industry in northern Sweden. First, we investigate the barriers for establishing an Open Innovation system in forestry. Then we describe the main steps to be taken and how the use of ICT can enable the establishment of such a system. The case study shows that the forestry industry is committed to working according to a traditional value chain and is committed to a closed innovation paradigm. We argue that the ICT component in Timbercut’s forestry machines constitutes a latent potential that cancaptured through changing the business model and setting up a joint venture with Rewire.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 17 p.
Informatik Student Paper Master (INFSPM), 2008.03
Keyword [en]
Open Innovation, Forestry Industry, Business Model, Value Networks
National Category
Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-26660OAI: diva2:273212
Available from: 2009-10-21 Created: 2009-10-20 Last updated: 2009-10-21Bibliographically approved

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