Exploring design principles of organizing for collaborative innovation: The case of an open innovation initiative
Journal article, 2016

In a distributed world, relationships and partnering become even more critical for business, as delivering on rising and complex demands and addressing complex issues is more than one organization can do alone. Such a situation constitutes a huge challenge for many organizations. Building on an inductive case study of an open innovation initiative, illustrating the complex and messy nature of such organizing, we outline five design principles that appear fundamental to the organizing for collaborative innovation. These design principles are our main contribution to the emerging research on organizing for collaborative innovation as they form a perspective and a conceptual tool to talk about and understand the messiness and disorganization of dynamic and discontinuous contemporary organizational constructs.


Susanne Ollila

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Anna Yström

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Creativity and Innovation Management

0963-1690 (ISSN) 1467-8691 (eISSN)

Vol. 25 3 363-377

Subject Categories

Other Mechanical Engineering

Economics and Business

Areas of Advance


Driving Forces

Innovation and entrepreneurship



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