Open Innovation: The Open Society and its Entrepreneurial Bias

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Open innovation constitutes one of those catchwords that has captured the imaginaries of our societies in striving to point out desirable and transformative changes in our political economy. By adopting a historiographical perspective, this chapter sets out a comprehensive view over the traditions of thought behind the concept of open innovation. Some literature streams and different authors have been working on themes that have fed the emergence of an open innovation management framework. This genealogical analysis includes the presentation of several accounts, roaming through the liberal creed of thinkers to the classical management studies, before arriving at the explicit formulation of this conceptual framework by Henry Chesbrough which presents open innovation as a ‘new imperative for creating and profiting from technology.’ Our conclusion is that open innovation represents a concept marked by increasing ambiguity that does not escape its entrepreneurial (and management) bias.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Alternative Theories of Innovation
EditorsBenoît Godin, Gérald Gaglio, Dominique Vinck
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781789902303
ISBN (Print)9781789902297
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

Publication series

NameSociology, Social Policy and Education 2021


  • Open Innovation
  • Liberal and Schumpeterian Traditions of Thought
  • Entrepreneurial History
  • History of Ideas
  • Intellectual History
  • Conceptual History


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