Business Models for Open Innovation: Matching Heterogeneous Open Innovation Strategies with Business Model Dimensions

Tina Saebi, Nicolai J. Foss

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    Research on open innovation suggests that companies benefit differentially from adopting open innovation strategies; however, it is unclear why this is so. One possible explanation is that companies' business models are not attuned to open strategies. Accordingly, we propose a contingency model of open business models by systematically linking open innovation strategies to core business model dimensions, notably the content, structure, governance of transactions. We further illustrate a continuum of open innovativeness, differentiating between four types of open business models. We contribute to the open innovation literature by specifying the conditions under which business models are conducive to the success of open innovation strategies.
    TidsskriftEuropean Management Journal
    Udgave nummer3
    Sider (fra-til)201-213
    Antal sider13
    StatusUdgivet - 2015


    • Knowledge processes
    • Open innovation strategies
    • Business models
    • Organizational design