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Managing External Knowledge in Open Innovation Processes – A Systematic Review of Research

document Open Innovation
Open innovation as paradigm shift in innovation management and strategic approach to include the outside world into internal innovation processes is widely regarded as a promising approach in current research.
The article examines the role of external knowledge in the field of open innovation.By carrying out a systematic literature review the author develops eight categories with 19 subcategories of potential external knowledge sources. A systematization of the identified sources investigates a variety of assets and drawbacks that can be associated with the integration of such knowledge.Thereby, the article shows that (a) the current research on open innovation is already highly concerned about the role of external knowledge,but (b) mainly focuses on just a few categories/subcategories and (c) tends to neglect many positive and/or negative influences on creativity and innovativeness.


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