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The adoption of open innovation in the start-up development process: A narrative inquiry on the mobile services industry in Sweden
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Informatics.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Start-ups face several issues and challenges in the course of their development as a compa-ny. Open innovation has been discussed in research for more than a decade as a concept, which can bring benefits to a company. Even though most of the research has been focus-ing on large enterprises, some researchers discuss also benefits for small companies like start-ups. Nevertheless, it can be observed that some start-ups decide to adopt the opposite of open innovation, namely closed innovation, through not sharing internal knowledge to the outside world. Hence, start-ups perceive the benefits of open innovation differently and decide accordingly whether to adopt open innovation or not. The purpose of this study is to explore if start-ups decide to actually do the former and what reasons they have to do so. Therefore, this study will further discover at what point in the development of their start-up and with whom they adopt open innovation. As an attractive industry for start-ups, the mobile services industry is selected as a scope for this study. Furthermore, Sweden is selected as the country of study, due to its reputation as one of the most innova-tive countries in the world.

A qualitative study has been conducted using in-depth interviews with founders and co-founders of start-ups to retrieve narrative stories about their start-up’s development from the first day of an idea to a scalable business, and their experiences and motivations in re-gards to the application of open innovation practices. The analysis of this study detects pat-terns among the interviewed start-ups and concludes that start-ups in the mobile services industry in Sweden adopt open innovation in each phase of their development process. Furthermore, these patterns include several reasons why the start-ups applied open innova-tion practices and with whom, which are changing over the course of their development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 61 p.
Keyword [en]
Open Innovation, Start-Ups, Start-Up Development Process, Entrepreneurship
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-27490ISRN: JU-IHH-IKA-2-20150010OAI: diva2:827300
Subject / course
IHH, Informatics
2015-05-26, Lecture room B3015, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping, 15:31 (English)
Available from: 2015-07-21 Created: 2015-06-26 Last updated: 2015-07-21Bibliographically approved

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