Startups and open innovation: a review of the literature

Through the selection and analysis of relevant literature, this study aims at deepening our understanding of the theme and at providing directions for future research

John-Christopher Spender

2016

Scholarcy highlights

  • Startup companies represent a powerful engine of open innovation processes
  • The purpose of this paper is to represent a first step in building a map of the state-of-the-art knowledge of the “startups in an OI context” phenomenon
  • Through the selection and analysis of relevant literature, this study aims at deepening our understanding of the theme and at providing directions for future research
  • The analysed literature has been synthesized in seven sub-topics, which have been evaluated as the most relevant in explaining the phenomenon of startups in relation to OI
  • The paper allows a better understanding of the role of startups in OI processes
  • This improved understanding can help managers of large firms as well as policy makers involved in OI in making their decisions
  • This review of the literature represents the first attempt to organize the scientific knowledge related to the intersection between the startups and open innovation phenomena systematically

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