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INITIATING OPEN INNOVATION COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN INCUMBENTS AND STARTUPS: HOW CAN DAVID AND GOLIATH GET ALONG?

Julia K. de Groote () and Julia Backmann ()
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Julia K. de Groote: University of Bern, Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management, Engehaldenstrasse 4, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
Julia Backmann: #x2020;University College Dublin, School of Business, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland

International Journal of Innovation Management (ijim), 2019, vol. 24, issue 02, 1-33

Abstract: In recent years, the phenomenon of open innovation has been on the rise in established firms, especially in terms of collaboration with startups. While the success factors of open innovation endeavours have been researched intensively, how collaborations are established is not well understood. Furthermore, there is a lack of research regarding asymmetric partnerships in open innovation, occurring when incumbents and startups collaborate. This study used a qualitative research design to approach the question of how incumbents select startups as partners in open innovation. The data incorporate the perspectives of both incumbents and startups along with the views of external experts. The findings are consolidated into a process model of partner selection for open innovation.

Keywords: Open innovation; partner selection; startups; collaboration; collaborative innovation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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