The Computerworld website reported this year’s Global Forum in Stockholm was driven by energetic discussion of innovation, reflecting Europe’s lead in collaborative R&D theory, especially the “Open Innovation” movement. Open innovation is a concept originally popularized through a seminal 2003 book by the American Henry Chesbrough, now a professor at Berkeley. The Europeans have militantly pursued the principle and built it into research policies and multilateral organizational funding. Europe’s Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) summarizes the new movement in five parts: Networking; Collaboration; Corporate Entrepreneurship; Proactive Intellectual Property Management; and Research & Development for competitive advantage in the marketplace.
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