Top critical review
Same words, repeated by different voices.
on 5 July 2013
The opening by Henry Chesbrough has introduced another special finding in the development of Open Innovation, followed by very intuitive definitions of open innovation, crowdsourcing and the typologies of open innovation.
The guide has a great amount of case studies and analysis of their methods regarding their success and failures regarding open innovation. These includes benefits, risks and the approach people must take in order to ensure that risks are minimised, and relationships between collaborators remain strong. An interesting chapter covers the "soft skills" you should look for in people, that ideal for holding a position on the Open Innovation team.
The book however, remains as a guide that does not explore any further than the most proven examples of open innovation. This essentially results in a large amount of case studies where companies "play it safe" by only applying a fraction of what open innovation has to offer. However, this is not to say that the case studies do not include newly established ones that revolve around these methods, but they are few.
As an introductory guide to Open Innovation, and what it can offer to organisations wanting to establish better relationships, this is a clear and definitive guide. But for those already knowledgeable in the "Open culture", this book has little to offer on the latter chapters