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Examining Open Innovation in Science (OIS): What Open Innovation can and cannot offer the science of science

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  • Susanne Beck, Copenhagen Business School
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  • Marcel LaFlamme, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Carsten Bergenholtz
  • Marcel Bogers, University of Copenhagen
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  • Tiare-Maria Brasseur, Copenhagen Business School
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  • Marie Louise Conradsen
  • Kevin Crowston, United States
  • Diletta Di Marco , Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Agnes Effert, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
  • Despoina Filiou, The Open University, UK , United Kingdom
  • Lars Frederiksen
  • Thomas Gillier, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
  • Marc Gruber
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  • Carolin Haeussler, University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Karin Hoisl, Copenhagen Business School
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  • Olga Kokshagina, RMIT University (RMIT AU) Australia, Australia
  • Maria-Theresa Larsen
  • Marion Pötz, Copenhagen Business School
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  • Gernot Pruschak, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Laia Pujol Priego, ESADE Business School, Spain
  • Agnieszka Radziwon
  • Alexander Ruser
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  • Henry Sauermann, ESMT European School of Management and Technology, Germany
  • Sonali Shah , University of Illinois, United States
  • Julia Suess-Reyes, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Christopher L. Tucci
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  • Philipp Tuertscher, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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  • Jane Bjørn Vedel, Copenhagen Business School
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  • Roberto Verganti, Copenhagen Business School
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  • Jonathan Wareham, ESADE Business School
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  • Sunny Mosangzi Xu, Denmark
Scholars across disciplines increasingly hear calls for more open and
collaborative approaches to scientific research. The concept of Open
Innovation in Science (OIS) provides a framework that integrates
dispersed research efforts aiming to understand the antecedents,
contingencies, and consequences of applying open and collaborative
research practices. While the OIS framework has already been taken up
by science of science scholars, its conceptual underpinnings require
further specification. In this essay, we critically examine the OIS concept
and bring to light two key aspects: 1) how OIS builds upon Open
Innovation (OI) research by adopting its attention to boundary-crossing
knowledge flows and by adapting other concepts developed and
researched in OI to the science context as exemplified by two OIS cases
in the area of research funding; 2) how OIS conceptualises knowledge
flows across boundaries. While OI typically focuses on well-defined
organizational boundaries, we argue that blurry and even invisible
boundaries between communities of practice may more strongly
constrain flows of knowledge related to openness and collaboration in
science. Given the uptake of this concept, this essay brings needed
clarity to the meaning of OIS, which has no particular normative
orientation toward a close coupling between science and industry. We
end by outlining the essay’s contributions to OI and the science of
science, as well as to science practitioners.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInnovation: Organization and Management
Number of pages15
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Dec 2021

    Research areas

  • Open Innovation, Open Innovation in Science, boundaries, boundary crossing, knowledge flows, open science, science of science, scientific research

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