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New Frontiers in Open Innovation$
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Henry Chesbrough, Wim Vanhaverbeke, and Joel West

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682461

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682461.001.0001

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Open Social Innovation*

Open Social Innovation*

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New Frontiers in Open Innovation

Henry Chesbrough

Alberto Di Minin

Oxford University Press

Open innovation has largely been studied in the private, for-profit sector of the economy in different countries around the world. This chapter considers the less examined role that open innovation is playing in public agencies and in non-profit organizations and we define Open Social Innovation (OSI) to be the application of either inbound or outbound open innovation strategies, along with innovations in the associated business model of the organization, to social challenges. While many elements of open innovation remain quite relevant to these different kinds of organizations, there are differences that must be considered when applying open innovation to them. We sketch these differences using qualitative evidence and secondary research, with a particular emphasis on three mini-cases: the City of Birmingham England’s child welfare agency, Emergency, and Ashoka.

Keywords:   Open Social Innovation, public agencies, non-profit organizations, qualitative evidence, secondary research

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