Incumbent Participation in Open Innovation: Supporting or Suppressing SME Performance?

Anders Ørding Olsen

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    Recent years have seen an increasing shift towards open innovation approaches across a wide range of types and sizes of companies, as well as a surge in the interest from academics into the topic. Accessing knowledge and resources
    otherwise unavailable through interactions with external partners is generally regarded as highly valuable to the development and commercialization of innovations. However, this paper explores a potential dark side of open
    innovation. Based on well-establish theory, differences between the interests of incumbents and SMEs are hypothesized to influence the future survival and performance of the SME partners. Findings support the hypothesis that open
    innovation engagement with incumbents has a negative impact on future survival and performance, moderated by radicalness and technological maturity. This elaborates on open innovation by increased understanding of drawbacks and worthwhile considerations of contingencies in partner choice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2014
    Number of pages14
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventThe DRUID Academy Conference 2014 - Hotel Comwell Rebild Bakker, Aalborg, Denmark
    Duration: 15 Jan 201417 Jan 2014
    Conference number: 35


    ConferenceThe DRUID Academy Conference 2014
    LocationHotel Comwell Rebild Bakker
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