Innovation Through Cooperation

The Emergence of an Idea Economy

  • Georg Weiers

Part of the Management for Professionals book series (MANAGPROF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Georg Weiers
      Pages 3-15
  3. The Emergence of an Idea Economy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Georg Weiers
      Pages 19-34
    3. Georg Weiers
      Pages 35-58
    4. Georg Weiers
      Pages 59-71
    5. Georg Weiers
      Pages 73-86
    6. Georg Weiers
      Pages 87-95
  4. Cooperative Innovation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Georg Weiers
      Pages 99-114
    3. Georg Weiers
      Pages 115-124
    4. Georg Weiers
      Pages 125-142
    5. Georg Weiers
      Pages 143-170
    6. Georg Weiers
      Pages 171-194
    7. Georg Weiers
      Pages 195-200
    8. Georg Weiers
      Pages 201-206
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 207-238

About this book


Many people have great ideas. Without the necessary skills and means most never get to realize them. If they could cooperate with competent firms and entrepreneurs together both could achieve much and this is increasingly happening. Mechanisms are being established making a division of labour between inventors and implementers a reality. This is changing the nature of innovation from an internal R&D, or purely entrepreneurial attempt, to a more cooperative innovation. An Idea Economy emerges, where anyone has the possibility to profit from their ideas, and everyone will benefit from more and better innovation.

This book presents us the emergence and structure of the Idea Economy by extending the seminal concepts of Entrepreneurial Society and Open Innovation. Part I describes the big picture on how innovation is evolving, where we are today, and what an Idea Economy will look like. Part II points the way forward, discussing in detail on how cooperation in the innovation process works, and why this is only recently becoming possible.


Cooperative Innovation Corporate R&D Entrepreneurial Society Feedback Mechanism Idea Trading Open Innovation

Authors and affiliations

  • Georg Weiers
    • 1
  1. 1.African Development BankCarthageTunisia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-00094-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-00095-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-8096
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-810X
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