Ideas Sharing Through ICT in Innovation Processes: A Design Theory for Open Innovation Platforms

  • Barbara Aquilani
  • Tindara Abbate
  • Alessio Maria Braccini
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation book series (LNISO, volume 7)


Since Henry Chesbrough’s remark on the importance of opening innovation processes to the cooperation of external entities, like partners, competitors or customers, open innovation (OI) gained momentum. Open innovation approach was started and run by different companies around the world. Meanwhile specific platforms were developed to support these processes, either by intermediaries aimed at helping companies to shift to an open innovation approach, or by firms which decided to adopt this approach trough their own created and managed platforms. Through a descriptive design theory perspective the paper analyzes the features (components) that these web-based platforms offer in respect to the requirements they have to fulfill in order to effectively support the open innovation approach.


Open innovation Software platforms Design research Exploratory design theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Aquilani
    • 1
  • Tindara Abbate
    • 2
  • Alessio Maria Braccini
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Economia e ImpresaUniversità degli Studi della TusciaViterboItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, Aziendali, Ambientali e Metodologie QuantitativeUniversità degli Studi di MessinaMessinaItaly

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