Catalyzing Knowledge Transfer in Innovation Ecosystems through Contests
Paper in proceedings, 2016

Open innovation practices are gaining traction. Hence, the relevance of measures for engaging and managing heterogeneous groups of distributed complementors is rising. This mixed-method case study defines a pilot demonstration of emergent technology as an innovation ecosystem and utilizes a knowledge transfer lens to explore the impact of an open innovation contest. The contribution to the IS research stream is threefold. Firstly, the paper portrays that open innovation contests can spark coupled open innovation and facilitate innovation management, without lowering the generative capability. Secondly, it explains these gains by concluding that contests can catalyze cross-border knowledge transfer within innovation ecosystems. Thirdly, the paper moreover proposes that additional innovation deployment measures are needed in order for sustaining established relations and for aiding the implementation of innovation ideas beyond the contests.

Open Innovation

Innovation Ecosystem

Knowledge Transfer

Open Innovation Contest


Anders Hjalmarsson

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Göran Smith

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Industrial and Materials Science

Håkan Burden

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering (Chalmers)

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

AMCIS 2016 Proceedings

22nd Americas Conference on Information Systems
San Diego, ,

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Information Systemes, Social aspects

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