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Case #2 – IBM going ‘open’

Case #2 – IBM going ‘open’

By • on May 9, 2011

In my view, one of the most important questions in the space of open innovation is how closed companies can make the transition to being open. One of my favorite cases on this topic is Baldwin, O’Mahony, and Quinn’s IBM and Linux (HBS-Case 9-903-083). As the title suggests, this case describes events in 1998 leading up to a critical moment in IBM’s

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Case #1 – Open and Closed Innovation at Merck

Case #1 – Open and Closed Innovation at Merck

By • on April 27, 2011

When teaching about open innovation, I found it much easier to start a clear description of what closed innovation is, and why firms may decide to be closed even when presented with a potentially viable opportunity to open up. With that knowledge in mind, students (in subsequent classes) found it much

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Welcome to the OpenInnovation.net Teaching Section

Welcome to the OpenInnovation.net Teaching Section

By • on April 11, 2011

We are very happy to launch the new teaching section on OpenInnovation.net with this article. Why a teaching section on open innovation you may ask? Quite simply to support people in teaching positions in including open innovation into their courses! Business practice increasingly relies on open, distributed,

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Everything You Need to Know About Open Innovation

Everything You Need to Know About Open Innovation

By • on March 21, 2011

Open innovation is a concept I originated that falls directly in that gap between business  and academe.  Conceptually, it is a more distributed, more participatory, more decentralized approach to innovation, based on the observed fact that useful knowledge today is widely distributed, and no company,

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