Modes of open innovation in ecosystems: Exploring for Managerial Playbook

Helena Rusanen (Corresponding author), Hannu Makkonen, Jaakko Paasi (Corresponding author), Katri Valkokari, Tiina Laiho

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference article in proceedingsScientific


The paper explores how open innovation manifests in the innovation ecosystems. The empirical data was collected through 35 in-depth interviews and three round table discussions in 13 innovation ecosystems. The findings suggest that resource sharing and integration takes predominantly place in dyadic relationships in individual innovation projects. Only new project ideas are brainstormed at the ecosystem level. One clear reason seems to be lack of open innovation tradition in companies. Thus innovation ecosystems appear to act more as innovation project boosters than promoters of open innovation activities, which seems to be the task of individual projects. This highlights the importance of open innovation facilitation in innovation ecosystems and creation of collaborative capabilities among the participants.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe ISPIM Innovation Conference
Subtitle of host publicationInnovating in Times of Crisis
PublisherLappeenranta University of Technology
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-335-466-1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2020
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
EventXXXI ISPIM Innovation Conference - Online: Innovating in Times of Crises - Virtual, Germany
Duration: 7 Jun 202010 Jun 2020

Publication series

SeriesLUT Scientific and Expertise Publications: Reports


ConferenceXXXI ISPIM Innovation Conference - Online
Abbreviated titleISPIM Virtual 2020
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