Voluntary Contributors in Open Innovation Processes

  • Anna Ståhlbröst
  • Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn


There is a trend among many organisations to open up their innovation processes and invite more stakeholders to contribute to it. One of these stakeholders is the voluntary contributor. Few studies have documented the motivation and value of participating in these processes from their perspective. The purpose of this chapter is thus to explore the motivation behind these contributors’ participation in open innovation activities and the benefits it has. This study shows that the strongest motivation for their participation is to stimulate their curiosity. The involvement also leads to increased knowledge and a pronounced eagerness to start using innovations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna Ståhlbröst
    • 1
  • Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Innovation & DesignLuleå University of TechnologyLuleåSweden

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