Enabling knowledge creation through outsiders: towards a push model of open innovation

Spaeth, Sebastian; Stürmer, Matthias; von Krogh, Georg (2010). Enabling knowledge creation through outsiders: towards a push model of open innovation. International Journal of Technology Management, 52(3/4), pp. 411-431. Inderscience Enterprises 10.1504/IJTM.2010.035983

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Open innovation is increasingly being adopted in business and describes a situation in which firms exchange ideas and knowledge with external participants, such as customers, suppliers, partner firms, and universities. This article extends the concept of open innovation with a push model of open innovation: knowledge is voluntarily created outside a firm by individuals and organisations who proceed to push knowledge into a firm’s open innovation project. For empirical analysis, we examine source code and newsgroup data on the Eclipse Development Platform. We find that outsiders invest as much in the firm’s project as the founding firm itself. Based on the insights from Eclipse, we develop four propositions: ‘preemptive generosity’ of a firm, ‘continuous commitment’, ‘adaptive governance structure’, and ‘low entry barrier’ are contexts that enable the push model of open innovation.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems > Information Management
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems

UniBE Contributor:

Stürmer, Matthias

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

0267-5730

Publisher:

Inderscience Enterprises

Language:

English

Submitter:

Alexandra Barden

Date Deposited:

27 Jan 2016 09:30

Last Modified:

19 Apr 2018 10:20

Publisher DOI:

10.1504/IJTM.2010.035983

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.75049

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/75049

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