Open Innovation in R&D Departments

An Analysis of Employees’ Intention to Exchange Knowledge in OI-Projects

  • Verena Nedon

Part of the Forschungs-/Entwicklungs-/Innovations-Management book series (FEIM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 161-200

About this book


Based on interviews with R&D managers and a survey amongst R&D employees, Verena Nedon shows that perceived social pressure has an immense impact on R&D employees working in OI-projects. Employees’ attitude (regardless of whether positive or negative) and perceived behavioral control play an important, but not dominant role. The study also implies that intrinsic motivators have a stronger effect on employees’ willingness to engage in knowledge exchange with external partners than extrinsic components. By targeting a set of relevant questions related to the human side of open innovation, the study significantly contributes to the micro-foundation of OI-research and sheds light on the hitherto neglected perspective of employees engaged in OI-projects. The findings are relevant for scholars, companies already following the OI-approach, and OI-newcomers.


  • Knowledge Exchange in OI-Projects
  • Individual Behavior
  • Theory of Planned Behavior
  • Managerial Implications

 Target Groups

  • Researchers and students of Innovation Management (Open Innovation), R&D, and Business Psychology
  • People who are interested in Innovation Management (Open Innovation), R&D, and Project Management

 The Author

Verena Nedon does research on open innovation at the Institute of Technology and Innovation Management (TUHH), focusing on knowledge exchange between R&D employees and external partners in OI-projects.


Individual Behavior Partial Least Squares (PLS) R&D employees Research & Development (R&D) Theory of Planned Behavior

Authors and affiliations

  • Verena Nedon
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  1. 1.Technische Universität Hamburg-HarburgHamburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-09584-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-09585-7
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