Susanne Ollila

Biträdande professor at Department of Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Susanne (Sanne) Ollila is Professor in Technology Management and her research is focused on Organizational Behavior, Innovation Management and Knowledge Management. She conducts her research mainly through qualitative methodologies such as Action Research, Ethnographic Research, and Longitudinal Single Case Studies. Susanne has established a research group called "Managing-in-Between" (MIB). The purpose of this research group is to further the theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding about managing spaces in between actors. Interacting across boundaries has become prevalent among organizations seeking innovation. Consequently, there is an opportunity for individuals or collectives to design a space that enables collaboration. Such spaces can take different forms, and be more or less defined. These collaborative settings could be understood as a space "in-between" constituted of organization as well as disorganization. These spaces in-between usually have a management function organizing and leading activities of a large amount of actors within a domain of common concern, thus providing ample opportunities for interesting research as well as learning for all parties involved. To read more about the MIB research grop, the members and their research visit the MIB homepage >>.Susanne's interest and inquiry into organizing and managing collaboration and co-creation in the space in-between has resulted in several publications on open innovation, innovation management, organizing for innovation, knowledge management and entrepreneurial behavior. Her research has been published in journals such as R&D Management, Creativity and Innovation Management, International Journal of Innovation Management, European Journal of Innovation Management, Leadership and Organization Development Journal, and Journal of Knowledge Management. Follow MIB on twitter: @mibresearchRead the MIB Blogg >>Susanne Ollila’s publications on Google Scholar >>

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Projects

2016–2018

KIVI - Kollaborativ Innovation: en Väg till ökad Innovationsförmåga

Susanne Ollila Department of Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy
VINNOVA

2013–2014

ASTA – roles, rights n'duties

Susanne Ollila Department of Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy
Anna Yström Department of Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy
AstaZero AB

2013–2014

DEMO - Design meets open innovation

Susanne Ollila Department of Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy
Anna Yström Department of Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy
Chalmers

2008–2013

Managing and organising open innovation

Susanne Ollila Department of Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy
Anna Yström Department of Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy
Maria Elmquist Department of Technology Management and Economics
Tobias Fredberg Department of Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy
VINNOVA

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Publications

2016

To be or not to be? Identity work in collaborative innovation

Susanne Ollila,
3rd World Open Innovation Conference. Barcelona, Dec 15-16
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2016

Anything goes? Conceptualizing different interaction strategies in open innovation

Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström,
EURAM conference. Paris, May 31-June 4
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2016

Let’s make money together: Exploring challenges in shifting towards exploiting business opportunities in collaborative platforms

Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström,
Open and User Innovation Conference. Boston, Aug 1-3.
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2016

Designing and Being Designed: Organizing Complex Collaborative Innovation in a Societal challenge

Marcel Bogers, Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström et al
Best Paper Proceedings of Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim, Aug 5-9
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2016

Öppna innovationsarenor: organisering av gemensamt kunskapsskapande

Maria Elmquist, Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström et al
Tell, F. & Lakemond, N. (eds.) Öppen innovation - i teori och praktik
Chapter in monograph, book
2016

“Caught in a strange loop”: A relational view on joint value capture in collaborative platforms

Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström,
3rd World Open Innovation Conference, Barcelona, Dec 15-16
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2016

Exploring design principles of organizing for collaborative innovation: The case of an open innovation initiative

Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström,
Creativity and Innovation Management
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2016

What is "value" in open innovation?

Kamilla Kohn Rådberg, Susanne Ollila, Jane Webb et al
ISPIM Innovation Forum, Boston, MA, USA on 13-16 March 2016
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2016

Beyond intermediation: The open innovation arena as an actor enabling joint knowledge creation

Maria Elmquist, Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström et al
International Journal of Technology Management. Vol. 72 (4), p. 273-295
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2016

An investigation into the roles of open innovation collaboration managers

Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström,
R &D Management
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2015

"Authoring” Open Innovation: The Managerial Practices of an Open Innovation Director

Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström,
Proceedings of Academy of Management, Vancouver, August 8-11
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2015

Uncovering challenges in multi-actor collaborative business models through action research

Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström,
Proceedings of Academy of Management, Vancouver, August 8-11
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2015

'Authoring' Open Innovation: The Managerial Practices of an Open Innovation Director

Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström,
Research in Organizational Change and Development. Vol. 23, p. 253-291
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2015

Managing knowledge integration: Balancing professional and managerial logics in an engineering consulting firm

Susanne Ollila, Alexander Styhre, Andreas Werr et al
Zeitschrift für Personalforschung. Vol. 29 (2), p. 131-148
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2014

An investigation into managerial roles of open innovation collaboration managers

Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström,
1st Annual World Open Innovation Conference, Napa, California, Dec 4-5
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2014

Improving prerequisites for open innovation collaboration through action research: A study from the automotive industry

Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström, Marine Agogué et al
2014 ISPIM Americas Innovation Forum, Montréal, Canada, Oct 5-8
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2014

Constructing entrepreneurial identity in entrepreneurship education

Anne Donnellon, Susanne Ollila, Karen Williams Middleton et al
International Journal of Management Education. Vol. 12 (3), p. 490-499
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2014

Designing for creativity in an open innovation arena

Anna Yström, Susanne Ollila,
14th EURAM conference, Valencia, June 4-7
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2014

Is organizing in-between a matter of design? A case of long-term open innovation collaboration

Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström,
14th EURAM conference, Valencia, June 4-7
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2014

Collectively authoring inter­‐organizational collaboration: A case of long-­term open innovation collaboration

Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström,
EGOS conference, Rotterdam, 3-5 July
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2014

Developing design methodology to enable open innovation collaboration

Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström, Marine Agogué et al
7th SIG Design Theory Workshop, Paris, 27-28 Jan
Conference paper - non peer reviewed
2013

Anything goes? Characterizing open innovation collaboration in empirical research

Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström,
Proceedings of the 6th ISPIM Symposium, Melbourne, Australia, Dec 8-11
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2013

Leveraging on open innovation: A study of why organizations engage in open innovation collaboration

Maria Elmquist, Tobias Fredberg, Susanne Ollila et al
NFF conference in Iceland, August 2013
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2013

Authoring the space "in-between": The tales of an open innovation arena director

Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström,
Nordic Academy of Management Conference (NFF), 21-23 aug. Reykjavik, Iceland
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2013

Exploring entrepreneurial identity construction: the case of an action-based entrepreneurship education

Susanne Ollila, Karen Williams Middleton,
Nordic Academy of Management (NFF), Reykjavik Iceland August 21-23
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2013

Picturing the role of management in an open innovation collaboration

Anna Yström, Susanne Ollila,
20th IPDM conference. Paris, June 23-25
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2013

Stepping out of the zone of territorial protection enables open innovation collaboration

Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström, Marine Agogué et al
20th IPDM conference. Paris, June 23-25
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2013

Shaping and re-shaping managerial practices: the tales of an open innovation arena director

Anna Yström, Susanne Ollila,
15th APROS conference. 15-17 February, Tokyo, Japan
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2012

Entrepreneurial Identity Construction - what does existing literature tell us?

Susanne Ollila, Karen Williams Middleton, Anne Donnellon et al
Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference, Dublin Ireland
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2012

Managing for organizational creativity in an open innovation arena - creating a space for bounded instability

Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström,
EGOS conference Helsinki July 5-7, 2012.
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2012

Sociomaterial practices in engineering work: the backtalk of materials and the tinkering of resources

Alexander Styhre, Leena Wikmalm, Susanne Ollila et al
Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology. Vol. 10 (2), p. 151-167
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2011

Role Confusion in Open Innovation Intermediary Arenas

Tobias Fredberg, Maria Elmquist, Susanne Ollila et al
New Forms of Collaborative Innovation and Production on the Internet, eds. Wittke, V. & Hanekop, H.
Chapter in monograph, book
2011

Enabling knowledge creation among competitors: the open innovation arena

Maria Elmquist, Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström et al
Nordic Academy of Management conference, Stockholm, 22-24 August
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2011

Managing Open Innovation: Exploring Challenges at the Interfaces of an Open Innovation Arena

Susanne Ollila, Maria Elmquist,
Creativity and Innovation Management. Vol. 20 (4), p. 273-283
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2011

Open innovation practice: sense-making spaces and actor identities

Susanne Ollila,
European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2011

Turning Open Innovation into Practice: Open Innovation Research through the Lens of Managers

Eleni Giannopoulou, Anna Yström, Susanne Ollila et al
International Journal of Innovation Management. Vol. 15 (3), p. 505-524
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2011

Open Innovation - Anything Goes? A Review of Empirical Research on Open innovation

Alfred Eklöf, Anna Yström, Susanne Ollila et al
European Academy of Management Conference, Tallinn, 1-4 June 2011
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2011

The venture creation approach: integrating entrepreneurial education and incubation at the university

Susanne Ollila, Karen Williams Middleton,
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. Vol. 13 (2), p. 161-178
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2010

Expert or speaking partner?: shifting roles and identities in consulting work

Alexander Styhre, Susanne Ollila, Leena Wikmalm et al
Leadership and Organizational Development Journal. Vol. 31 (2), p. 159-175
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2010

Implications of openness: A study of (all) the growing literature on open innovation

Eleni Giannopoulou, Anna Yström, Susanne Ollila et al
Journal of Technology Management and Innovation. Vol. 5 (3), p. 162-180
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2010

Turning Open Innovation into Practice: Open Innovation Research through the Lens of Managers

Eleni Giannopoulou, Anna Yström, Susanne Ollila et al
3rd ISPIM Innovation Symposium, 12-15 Dec, Quebec, Kanada
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2010

Communities of Practice for Open Innovation - Enabling Organizational Creativity?

Anna Yström, Susanne Ollila, Tobias Fredberg et al
ICICKM - 7th International Conference on Intellectual Capital & Knowledge Management, 11-12 Nov, Hong Kong
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2009

Garbage-can decision making and the accommodation of uncertainty in the drug development work

Alexander Styhre, Leena Wikmalm, Susanne Ollila et al
Creativity and Innovation Management. Vol. 19 (2), p. 134-146
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2009

Positioning within discourses – the construction of identities in knowledge sharing

Leena Wikmalm, Susanne Ollila, Alexander Styhre et al
EURAM in Liverpool, UK
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2009

Caught in the strange loop: peer-to-peer positioning in a consulting firm

Leena Wikmalm, Susanne Ollila, Alexander Styhre et al
EGOS in Barcelona, Spain
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2009

Open Innovation - Forschung in Europa

Maria Elmquist, Tobias Fredberg, Susanne Ollila et al
IP Manager - Journal for the Knowledge Economy . Vol. 2009 (3), p. 50-51
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2009

The drama of co-construction - exploring 'what goes on' in a conversational arena.

Christina Mauléon, Susanne Ollila,
EGOS colloquium, p. 15
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2009

Exploring the field of open innovation

Maria Elmquist, Tobias Fredberg, Susanne Ollila et al
European Journal of Innovation Management. Vol. 12 (3), p. 326-345
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2009

The drama of co-construction -exploring what ’goes on’ in a conversational arena.

Christina Mauléon, Susanne Ollila,
EGOS Colloqium (European Group for Organization Studies), July 2-4, Barcelona.
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2009

Exploring the management of collaborative arenas from a platform perspective

Maria Elmquist, Tobias Fredberg, Susanne Ollila et al
IPDM Conference, Enschede, The Netherlands, June 7-9, 2009
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2008

Heedful interrelating, knowledge sharing, and new drug development

Alexander Styhre, Susanne Ollila, Jonas Roth et al
Journal of Knowledge Management. Vol. 12 (3), p. 127-140
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2008

Managing Open Innovation: Present Findings and Future Directions

Tobias Fredberg, Maria Elmquist, Susanne Ollila et al
Report
2007

Managing Open Innovation: Present Findings and Future Directions,

Tobias Fredberg, Maria Elmquist, Susanne Ollila et al
Report
2006

Shadow dancing: utilizing the strength of paradoxes in entrepreneuring education

Susanne Ollila, Karen Williams,
DIME – LIEE/NTUA Entrepreneurship Conference in Athens Nov 30 – Dec 1, 2006
Conference paper - non peer reviewed
2005

The tri-polar relationship as an engine for learning in management research

David Williamson, Jonas Roth, Alexander Styhre et al
European Academy of Management Conference
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2005

Project Management - a leadership challange

Susanne Ollila,
European Academy of Management Conference
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2004

Setting stages

Susanne Ollila, Tobias Fredberg,
Report
2004

Management of Experience Design

Susanne Ollila, Tobias Fredberg,
European Academy of Management Conference
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2004

Pleasing everyone?

Per Svensson, Sofia Börjesson, Susanne Ollila et al
Critical Perspectives on Projects
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2004

The practice of knowledge sharing in R&D: the challenge of articulating learning

Jonas Roth, Susanne Ollila, David Williamson et al
R&D Management Conference
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2004

The Big Brother Issue: Analyzing the media system around a reality TV-show

Tobias Fredberg, Susanne Ollila,
Growth and Dynamics of Maturing New Media Companies
Chapter in monograph, book
2002

Project Management - Multidimensional Leadership

Susanne Ollila,
Doctoral thesis
2001

Political leadership in successful product development projects

Susanne Ollila, Flemming Norrgren, Joseph Schaller et al
Report
2000

Creativity and Innovativeness through reflective project leadership

Susanne Ollila,
Creativity and Innovation Management. Vol. 9 (3), p. 195-200
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed