Complementarities and Tensions Between Appropriability and Open Innovation

Keld Laursen, Ammon Salter, Deepak Somaya

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The concept of open innovation (OI) has been in operation since the early 2000s but tensions still exist between appropriability and open innovation. This chapter establishes the state of the art regarding knowledge of the intricate and complex interplay between appropriability and open innovation. To understand this important strategic relationship, the potential complementarities between open innovation and appropriability are explained. The chapter also examines some key tensions between open innovation and firms’ appropriation efforts, and illuminates what firms can do in their attempt to resolve these tensions. The chapter provides an overview of the prior literature and highlights a range of future research avenues to enrich organizational scholars’ understanding of this relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Open Innovation
EditorsHenry Chesbrough, Agnieszka Radziwon, Wim Vanhaverbeke, Joel West
Number of pages15
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date2024
ISBN (Print)9780192899798
ISBN (Electronic)9780191986321
Publication statusPublished - 2024
SeriesOxford Handbooks


  • Appropriability
  • Collaboration
  • Complementarities
  • Intellectual property
  • Open innovation
  • Paradox of openness
  • Patents

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