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Doppio, N., Väinämö, S., & Haukipuro, L. (2021). Design elements of innovation contests supporting Open Innovation in SMEs - An action research study. Journal of Innovation Management, 8(4), 26–56.

Design elements of innovation contests supporting Open Innovation in SMEs : an action research study

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Author: Doppio, Nicola1; Väinämö, Satu2; Haukipuro, Lotta3
Organizations: 1Hub Innovazione Trentino
2Centre for Health and Technology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Finland
3University of Oulu, Faculty of Humanities, GenZ project
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: University of Porto, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-02-17


While innovation contests and intermediaries are widely used in large companies to source knowledge from the outside, it is not clear how contests could be utilized to break the barriers that SMEs face in pursuing Open Innovation. In this paper, we shed light on the topic by analysing ten innovation contests that have been successfully run in three European countries with the specific aim to create innovation opportunities between SMEs and higher education institutions, research centres, other companies, or end users. The analysis resulted in the identification of common elements that played a crucial role in these innovation contests, but were overlooked in previous research. Moreover, we collected early evidence supporting the case for innovation contests as tools to support Open Innovation policies for SMEs. On that basis, we propose a new framework that can be used by innovation intermediaries to design innovation contests specifically aiming at supporting Open Innovation in SMEs.

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Series: Journal of innovation management
ISSN: 2183-0606
ISSN-L: 2183-0606
Volume: 8
Issue: 4
Pages: 26 - 56
DOI: 10.24840/2183-0606_008.004_0003
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Funding: This study was funded by the Horizon 2020 research and innovation Work Programme of the European Commission, under the call for proposal INNOSUP-05 2018-2020, managed by EASME – the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises of the EC. We would like to thank EASME for funding the project, and supporting the dissemination of its results.
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