The Open Innovation sub-theme examines new methods of organising and managing the innovation process, placing emphasis on interaction with various user communities.
The digital age has enabled new ways to generate, share, store, and retrieve information and knowledge that, fundamentally impacts how firms manage their innovation process. A growing number of organisations, in various industries, are experimenting with new forms of open and user innovation; a model that transcends organisational boundaries, and relies upon users (customers and consumers), and communities to solve technical and organisational problems.
Many managers are letting go of the traditional logic of managing knowledge for innovation that may reside inside or outside the organisation, but instead are finding new ways of managing the entire ecosystem where partners are co-creating new solutions that they can only establish together.
Open innovation presents a number of opportunities and challenges, of which the practical, theoretical and policy implications are still being explored. Currently, the academic and practitioner understanding of open innovation is unevenly spread and an opportunity exists to develop a community of interest based at the University of York that will benefit all partners.
We started to explore this opportunity with guests from the USA, Europe and UK in June 2019. We now aim to provide regular talks, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities to explore and develop an interdisciplinary research agenda.