Open Innovation in the Automotive Industry: What can carmakers' annual reports tell us?
2014 (English)In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management - CIO-ICIEOM-IIIE, Malaga (Spain), 23rd – 25th July 2014, 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
Recent research shows the adoption of open and collaborative innovation in the car industry suggesting these practices could be applied in other mature industries. However, researchers have studied the car industry mostly through case studies showing the relevance of innovation practices mainly from their viewpoint and less from the firm’s perception. Thus, the purpose of this study is twofold: (1) to confirm the application and the weight that carmakers give to Open Innovation concepts and, (2) to extend the methods and data sources used to study Open Innovation. Based on a conceptual content analysis of the annual reports from 2005 to 2012 from ten large carmakers, this cross-sectional study shows that all the selected firms have included assertions closely related to openness and collaboration in innovation. Concepts related to inbound Open Innovation appear in greater extent than outbound concepts, but there is no clear evidence of the aggregated value of both groups of concepts on firm performance. The results of this research support the idea that in last years open and collaborative innovation in carmakers has genuinely increased in practice and not only on the researchers attention.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
open innovation, automotive industry, large carmakers, content analysis, annual reports
Other Engineering and Technologies
Research subject Industrial Engineering and Management
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-156828ISBN: 978-84-617-0923-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-156828DiVA: diva2:768010
The 8th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management - CIO-ICIEOM-IIIE, Malaga (Spain), 23rd – 25th July 2014
QC 201412092014-12-022014-12-022014-12-09Bibliographically approved