Open Innovation & The emergence of a new field: Empowering Future Generations

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Anne-Laure Mention
Marko Torkkeli


Open Innovation has been attracting an increasing interest from academics and practitioners alike over the last decade.  Companies are increasingly prone to engage in Open Innovation journeys, yet they face a myriad of challenges, including the fact that their workforce is not endowed with skills that are required to smoothly implement Open Innovation. Interestingly, despite the growing interest of all communities, education in the field is clearly lagging behind, as the analysis of existing innovation curricula reflects. While universities should empower young generations with tomorrow’s required skillsets, they apparently disregard an essential component and neglect to adopt a foresight approach on their core business. In this Academic Letter, we argue that this may relate to the fact that Open Innovation is not yet recognized as a discipline per se and we discuss six forces that may help elevate it to this stage. Overall, we also aim to demonstrate that the journey to establish Open Innovation as a field of education is only beginning.

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Anne-Laure Mention, LIST (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology) - LU

Dr. Anne-Laure Mention is leading a research unit focusing on innovation economics and management within the Public Research Centre Henri Tudor, Luxembourg. She holds a degree in engineering (high honors), an advanced degree (highest honors) in Management (Finance) and a PhD in Economics and Management (grade equivalent to suma cum laude). She is actively involved in research projects, mainly focusing on managing and measuring innovation, on performance measurement, mainly in the financial and business to business services industries. Her research interests mainly concentrate on open and collaborative innovation, service innovation, entrepreneurship, strategy, intellectual capital measurement and management, technology and knowledge management. She has been a Visiting Researcher at McGill University, Canada and Ferrara University, Italy. She received an IBM Faculty Award for the project entitled ‘Towards accrued transparency of operations in the fund industry’ in 2011 focusing on organisational innovation. She is the Deputy Head of the ISPIM Advisory Board and is a member of several scientific committees and editorial boards.