What are drivers and hurdles of employee
participation in the open innovation process and how can these processes
be put into practice by small and medium-sized businesses? These
questions are in the center of the Open-I project,
which is funded by the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and
Research) and the European Social Fund. In that context open innovation
is defined as voluntary participation in innovation processes across the
boundaries of teams, departments or organizational units. As every
employee should have the possibilty to participate in open innovation
processes, social software applications are developed and tested within
the Open- I project.
While SMEs are often laggards in the adoption of
new high-tech products due to diverse constraints (personal, financial,
missing knowledge about potential, etc.) fast moving product-cycles lead
to huge stocks of used high-tech products.
The 2nd Tech-Cycle,
therefore aims at developing a concept that allows to reuse high-tech
products in SMEs in order to foster their ability to innovate by
transferring used high-tech products, applications and related knowledge
in an integrated approach.