List of Open Innovation resources, tools, books and more
Open innovation models have become an integral part of the innovation strategies and business models of companies in recent years. Innovation is increasingly based on knowledge assets beyond the boundaries of the company and co-operation has become an important way of tapping into knowledge resources outside in order to generate new ideas and bring them quickly to the market (the “outside-in” approach). At the same time companies may spin out technologies and intellectual property that they have developed internally but that are outside their core business and thus better developed and commercialised by others (the “inside-out” approach).
The most important benefit of open innovation to companies is that it provides a larger base of ideas and technologies. Companies look at open innovation as a close collaboration with external partners – customers, consumers, researchers or other people that may have an input to the future of their company. The main motives for joining forces between companies is to seize new business opportunities, to share risks, to pool complementary resources and to realise synergies. Companies recognise open innovation as a strategic tool to explore new growth opportunities at a lower risk. Open technology sourcing offers companies higher flexibility and responsiveness without necessarily incurring huge costs.
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15inno: ‘by Stefan Lindegard helps innovation leaders with their challenges and issues through peer-to-peer networking groups and learning sessions.’
Crowdsourcing.Org: ‘Crowdfounding, mass collaboration, it’s all on Crowdsourcing.org, the place go to place for authoritative, information-rich content and insights on crowdsourcing.’
Exnovate: ‘The European network of excellence on open and collaborative information..a place where OI best practices could be exchanges and where a genuine market for OI expertise would be prepared and organised for all stakeholders.
The Big Innovation Centre: ‘exists to make the UK a global open innovation hub, to build a world-class innovation eco-system, and re-balance the UK economy.’
Tools, services and platforms
12Designer: ‘offers clients and creatives an innovative platform for creative competition projects.’
100%Open: ‘a specialist open innovation agency that helps large organisations create value by innovating with others.’
Bracket. :’provide businesses with bespoke creative teams for innovation strategy and implementation.
Creative Barcode: Trust based easy IP fit for open innovation in the digital age. A trust, ethics and etiquette mechanism and framework used to under-pin open innovation challenges both for those running them and those participating in them.
Creative Commons: ‘a non-profit organisation that develops, supports and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximises digital creativity, sharing and innovation.’
Ideatorrent: this ‘open innovation software lets people submit their ideas, brainstorm them and then vote on them’.
Induct: an ‘integrated web-based service which supports custom design, measurement, and measurement of the entire open innovation process. Induct integrates Enterprise 2.0 technology and social networking concepts with a flexible and customisable innovation process management framework’.
InnoCentive: ‘is the open innovation and crowdsourcing pioneer that enables organizations to solve their key problems by connecting them to diverse sources of innovation including employees, customers, partners, and the world’s largest problem solving market place.’
Innoget: ‘provides a full range of services related to the acquisition, re-evaluation and marketing of technologies and addressing the needs of R&D and innovation.’
Innovation Bank: ‘An innovation & IP trading portal for SME’s to Corporates, Creative industries, inventors, funders, professions and academics seeking collaborative partners to do business with, buy, sell, and license IP. Also excellent PR and marketing platform to promote innovation challenges, initiatives and company success stories.
Innovation Exchange: ‘an open innovation marketplace for Global 500 companies and not-for-profit organisations.’
NineSigma: ‘offers a full array of state-of-the-art products and services that will engage your company with the global information community and enable you to leverage those connections for optimal value through proper organizational and and process alignment.’
One Billion Minds: an ‘online community which includes scientists, professional and student innovators from across 180 universities, 54 areas of study, and 103 countries around the world.’
OpenIDEO: ‘an online platform for creative thinkers.’
Open Xerox ‘a web portal that hosts technology prototypes from the Xerox R&D labs, making them accessible to the external user community well before the launch of a product offering.’
OSSWatch: a free open source advisory service for UK higher and further education institutions.
Presans: Matches customer needs to a worldwide network of registered experts.
Quantum Innovation Centre: ‘..creates a fresh, new forum for both large and small businesses, government and academia in which each can combine their resources in a market-led approach to innovation’.
Procter & Gamble, P&G Connect & Develop: ‘our version of open innovation, the practice of accessing externally developed intellectual property and allowing your internally-developed assets and know-how to be used by others.’
Reckitt Benckiser: RB Idealink: ‘If you have a new technology product that’s close to market, or you want to license one of our brands, you have come to the right place’.
SAP Community Network: ‘is SAP’s professional network. It provides trusted connections to our dynamic community of SAP customers, partners, employees and experts.’
Tate & Lyle: ‘We are a leading global provider of three main types of speciality food ingredients. if you have a new product or technology in one or more of these areas – or a new food technology altogether – we would love to hear from you’.
Unilever: ‘Smart collaboration between us and our partners allows us to leverage a greater mix of technologies and speed up time to market to deliver value non of us could achieve on our own.’
VJAM: ‘is all about co-invention with Virgin Atlantic’s customers and it blends topics that our customers are interested in with opportunities that make travel more social.’
Motivation in Open Innovation
– by Robert Motzek
Robert Motzek’s study investigates the motivational profiles of user innovators from a manufacturer’s point of view, focusing on lead users and tool kit users. The analysis is supported by two exploratory case studies of Spreadshirt and Threadless.
Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology
-by Henry Chesbrough
Chesbrough suggests that companies make themselves more permeable to the flow of knowledge through such strategies as hiring professors and grad students as summer consultants, sponsoring university research, investing in and partnering with high-tech startups and venture capitalists, and disseminating their own innovations through spin-off companies or even by publishing it in the public domain.
– by Eric Von Hippel
“Von Hippel presents a persuasive case for the benefits of encouraging lead users to innovate and a truly intriguing look at what they’ve contributed to the world so far”
Downloadable for free: here.
The Wisdom of Crowds
– by James Surowiecki
While our culture generally trusts experts and distrusts the wisdom of the masses, New Yorker business columnist Surowiecki argues that “under the right circumstances, groups are remarkably intelligent, and are often smarter than the smartest people in them.
“La Innovación Social es un concepto en construcción, que engloba iniciativas que buscan nuevas formas de satisfacer las necesidades sociales que no están adecuadamente cubiertas por el mercado o el sector público o de producir los cambios de comportamiento necesarios para resolver los grandes retos de la sociedad ”