The dynamics of multi-layered openness in innovation systems: The role of distributed knowledge and intellectual property
Paper i proceeding, 2012

Open innovation has become an increasingly recognized potential source of innovativeness and competitive advantage. Various perspectives on innovation openness co-exist and a complete comprehension of the underlying mechanisms and dimensions is still lacking. This paper therefore aims at developing a conceptual framework that helps to describe innovation openness. Based on literature and an empirical case of four generations of mobile communication systems we develop a framework consisting of three main dimensions, namely resource distribution, technology governance, and technology accessibility. The case further illustrates the multi-layered and dynamic nature of innovation openness. As such, any notion of a stable optimum and one-dimensional view on innovation openness is overly simplistic and likely to mislead managerial and policy decisions.

Intellectual property rights


Open innovation


Marcel Bogers

Ove Granstrand

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Industriell organisation och ekonomi

Marcus Holgersson

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Industriell organisation och ekonomi

R&D Management Conference, Grenoble, May 23-25, 2012


Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi

Annan maskinteknik


Informations- och kommunikationsteknik


Innovation och entreprenörskap

Mer information