‘Blind Spots’ in Open Innovation Research Need Addressing

By • on November 27, 2011

The KGI website reports on a speech by Joel West in which he outlines the latest research on open innovation. West notes that while open innovation  has come a long way in eight years, the increasingly popular topic still has major blind spots. West delivered the talk Nov. 18 at the 2011 Mass Customiztion, Personalication , and Co-Creation conference held in the San Francisco Bay Area. West presented his analysis of more than 200 research papers published from 2003-2010 on how firms are utilizing external sources to support their innovation efforts, prepared in collaboration with Dr. Marcel Bogers of Southern Denmark University. “The current research clearly over-emphasizes the initial phase of this open innovation process, where firms search for and obtain external sources of innovation. Research on the later phases — when firms integrate and commercialize these innovations — is comparatively scarce,” he noted.

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