The evolving nature of open innovation governance: A study of a digital platform development in collaboration with a big science centre.

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From: Technovation(Vol. 116)
Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishers
Document Type: Clinical report; Brief article
Length: 279 words

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Keywords Open innovation; Governance; Big science centre; Digital platform Highlights * We find that open innovation governance evolves over time interdependently with the innovation being developed. * We identified five inter-organisational open innovation governance processes for platform development. * We show how an open innovation collaboration as peers between a commercial firm and a big science centre can be governed. Abstract There is growing recognition that the governance of open innovation is interdependent with the outcome being developed. In this paper, we address the dynamic nature of open innovation governance through an in-depth, longitudinal case study of a commercial software firm and a big science centre co-developing a digital platform. We identified five processes through which the open innovation governance and its outcome -- i.e., the platform -- influenced each other. Specifically, we found that the governance of the collaboration played a major role in resolving tensions between the two partners, which had a profound impact on the design of the digital platform. In turn, the decisions surrounding the platform started to change the open innovation governance. Based on these insights, we develop implications for governing open innovation in the context of collaborating with a big science centre. Author Affiliation: (a) Politecnico di Milano, Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Via Lambruschini, 4/B, 20156, Milano, Italy (b) The University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD, 4072, Brisbane, Australia (c) Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, 3062, PA, Rotterdam, the Netherlands * Corresponding author. Article History: Received 23 July 2020; Revised 23 July 2021; Accepted 31 July 2021 Byline: Angelo Cavallo [angelo.cavallo@polimi.it] (a,*), Henri Burgers [h.burgers@uq.edu.au] (b), Antonio Ghezzi [antonio1.ghezzi@polimi.it] (a), Vareska van de Vrande [vvrande@rsm.nl] (c)

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