Special issue of Research Policy on
“Open Innovation: New Insights and Evidence”
June 2014

URL: http://bit.ly/openinno2013
Last Updated April 25, 2014

To mark the 10th anniversary of the publication of the book Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology, Research Policy approved a special issue of the journal entitled “Open Innovation: New Insights and Evidence.” The Guest Editors for the special issue were

The four guest editors worked under the supervision of Ashish Arora as Lead Editor on behalf of Research Policy. The original Call for Papers can be found here.


The first round of the process was a special issue conference, for which papers were submitted in April 2012. The conference was held June 25-26, 2012 at Imperial College London. Here we have a copy of the final program, while stories on the conference can be found on the open innovation blog.

After the conference, both conference authors and the broader research community sent papers to Research Policy prior to the September 2, 2012 deadline. Most papers went through three rounds of submission and double-blind review prior to acceptance. Editorial decisions were made by the guest editors and lead editor, subject to RP’s conflict of interest policies.

Additional information on the special issue can be found on the open innovation blog.

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The special issue was published as the June 2014 issue of Research Policy, Volume 43, Number 5. In the introductory article, we summarized the state of both the field of open innovation research and the special issue. The abstract is as follows:

We review the contribution and evolution of open innovation since the publication of Chesbrough’s 2003 Open Innovation book, and suggest likely directions going forward. We link the articles of this special issue to three key trends in open innovation research: better measurement, resolving the role of appropriability and linking that research to the management and economics literature. From this, we identify other trends and suggest opportunities for future research.

The special issue consists of 10 articles:

Belderbos, René, Bruno Cassiman, Dries Faems, Bart Leten & Bart Van Looy. 2014. “Co-ownership of intellectual property: Exploring the value-appropriation and value-creation implications of co-patenting with different partners,” Research Policy 43 (5): 841-852, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.08.013

Colombo, Massimo G., Evila Piva & Cristina Rossi-Lamastra. 2014. “Open innovation and within-industry diversification in small and medium enterprises: The case of open source software firms,” Research Policy 43 (5): 891-902, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.08.015

Dahlander, Linus & Henning Piezunka. 2014. “Open to suggestions: How organizations elicit suggestions through proactive and reactive attention,” Research Policy 43 (5): 812-827, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.06.006

Du, Jingshu, Bart Leten & Wim Vanhaverbeke. 2014. “Does Open Innovation Improve the Performance of R&D Projects?” Research Policy 43 (5): 828-840, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.12.008

Felin, Teppo & Todd R. Zenger. 2014. “Closed or open innovation? Problem solving and the governance choice,” Research Policy 43 (5): 914-925, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.09.006

Gambardella, Alfonso & Claudio Panico. 2014. “On the Management of Open Innovation,” Research Policy 43 (5): 903-913, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.12.002

Henkel, Joachim, Simone Schöberl & Oliver Alexy. 2014. “The emergence of openness: How firms learn selective revealing in open innovation,” Research Policy 43 (5): 879-890, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.08.014

Laursen, Keld & Ammon J. Salter. 2014. “The Paradox of Openness: Appropriability, External Search and Innovation Collaboration,” Research Policy 43 (5): 867-878, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.10.004

Mina, Andrea, Elif Bascavusoglu-Moreau & Alan Hughes. 2014. “Open service innovation and the firm’s search for external knowledge,” Research Policy 43 (5): 853-866, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.07.004

West, Joel, Ammon Salter, Wim Vanhaverbeke & Henry Chesbrough. 2014. “Open innovation: The next decade,” Research Policy 43 (5): 805-811, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2014.03.001

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