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Exploring preconditions for open innovation: value networks in industrial firms
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics. (IT Management)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics. (IT Management)
2012 (English)In: Information and organization, ISSN 1471-7727, E-ISSN 1873-7919, Vol. 22, no 4, 209-226 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The open innovation model embraces the purposive flow of internal and external ideas as a foundation for innovation and network formation. While the open innovation paradigm has been successfully applied in high-tech settings, there is a lack of research on adopters of open innovation in other settings. We describe a case study conducted in a process industry setting, focusing on the LKAB minerals group as it makes a transition from a closed to a more open innovation context by adopting remote diagnostics technology. This process has resulted in the creation of new value networks. By tracing the reasoning behind the organizational transformation and studying the technology used to carry it through, we seek to explore the preconditions for open innovation and provide insight into the role of IT in the process. Our findings show that adoption of the open innovation model is grounded in developing organizational environments that are conducive to innovation, including expertise in creating a culture for knowledge sharing, building a trustful environment, and a resourceful use of IT. 

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Pergamon Press, 2012. Vol. 22, no 4, 209-226 p.
Keyword [en]
Open innovation, remote diagnostics, trust, value networks
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Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-57942DOI: 10.1016/j.infoandorg.2012.05.001OAI: diva2:545795
Available from: 2012-08-21 Created: 2012-08-21 Last updated: 2012-12-14Bibliographically approved

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