Change processes in open innovation networks: – Exploring living labs

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Seppo Leminen, Anna-Greta Nyström, Mika Westerlund
Publication year: 2019
Journal: Industrial Marketing Management


Abstract

Examining change in business networks can illuminate how time,
temporality and process unfold and engage different stakeholders in open
innovation. Living labs are increasingly popular open innovation
networks that provide a fruitful area in which to study change processes
and their influencing factors in network dynamics. We adopt a
longitudinal process perspective to analyze eight living labs focused on
urban development in a Northern European city. Our analysis reveals six
pertinent processes: (i) expansion, (ii) reinforcement, (iii) focusing,
(iv) unification, (v) termination, and (vi) recurrence. These processes
reflect change in networks characterized by diverse actors, the
coexistence of individual and shared motives, a high degree of openness,
and user involvement. The identified change processes are a result of
living labs disclosing their needs, data, and operations to their
stakeholders. We propose a theoretical concept, which we describe as
“network boosters”, to illustrate the factors that foster change
processes. Scholars and practitioners of innovation management can learn
from these findings that understanding change in open innovation
networks may help to depict and predict short- and long-term
relationships, and it may assist them in managing innovation in open
environments.


Keywords

business network, living lab, open innovation


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