Towards Open Innovation in Educational Design: A Case Study on Open Innovation Practices at Danish Universities

Tina Aakjær Kristensen & Gitte Kramhøft Jakobsen

Student thesis: Diploma thesis

Abstract

Higher education institutions are exposed to increasing pressure from the radical changes in the external environment. Advanced technology, globalisation, competition from Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), policymakers, and the business community pose many possible implications for higher education institutions’ educational design to meet competencies of the future and follow trends of competitors, as well as potential competitors.
Open Innovation is one of the most debated topics in management literature in the pursuit of innovation performance. Nevertheless, academic research has paid little attention to universities and the organisational and individual challenges in the activity of open innovation. As a result, there is little understanding of the organisational antecedents and their impact on open innovation performance in the university context.
Drawing on the experiences of employees at the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School and Technical University of Copenhagen, this project identifies and analyse four main themes related to leadership, organisational structures and individuals. It proposes open innovation practices that organisations must facilitate to undertake external engagement. This project will make use of open innovation literature, knowledge management and motivational theories in order to examine the openness from the perspective of employees at the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School and Danish and Technical University of Copenhagen.

EducationsGraduate Diploma in Innovation Management, (Diploma Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2018
Number of pages76