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Open Innovation

Open Innovation, in its broadest sense, refers to “distributed innovation process based on purposively managed knowledge flows across organizational boundaries” (Chesbrough & Bogers, 2014). There is no universally accepted definition of the term, and it is thus understood and used in a wide variety of ways by different stakeholders. This implies that diverse IP models may be employed while practising open innovation, and there may be substantial differences in ownership rights and usage rights with regard to knowledge accruing from the process.

In this context, our project is trying to explore –
(i) different models of open innovation in different industries;
(ii) different IP models through which firms practise open innovation;
(iii) what are the current innovation/ IP policy measures governing the area; and
(iv) whether the current innovation/ IP policy measures are the most optimal ones for fostering open innovation.

We will be using the mixed methods approach for this study and we are looking at four sectors in this regard –
(i) Agriculture
(ii) Automobiles
(iii) Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
(iv) Pharmaceuticals

As a part of the project, we are trying to map the different definitions of ‘open innovation’. Our working document in this regard can be accessed from here. If you have any suggestions or comments (or if you wish to add any definitions that are missing there), please add it as a comment on the document or email us.

If you have any specific queries or suggestions regarding this project, please drop an email to arul.scaria[at] or priyanka.choudhary[at]

Principal Investigator: Dr Arul George Scaria

Research Fellow: Ms Priyanka Choudhary