Open Innovation


Open innovation is the crowdsourcing of knowledge and resources from external sources to drive internal innovation. This concept was developed by Henry Chesbrough, a professor at the University of Berkeley’s Haas Business School, in 2003. Since then, many organisations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Unilever, Samsung and JTC Corporation, have leveraged open innovation to discover new ideas as well as design better products and solutions.

This is a selection of resources on open innovation available from the NLB catalogue or the Internet. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list.


Search Terms Call Number
Personal innovation 650.1
Organisational Innovation 658.4
Technological innovation 658.514



(listed in alphabetical order)


  • Chesbrough, H., Vanhaverbeke, W. & West, J. (Eds.). (2014). New frontiers in open innovation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    Call no.: RBUS 658.514 NEW
    Edited by Henry Chesbrough, the man who developed the concept of open innovation, New Frontiers in Open Innovation examines the research conducted on open innovation management and provides insights to some of the most important trends and topics in open innovation research, including the management challenges faced by organisations while practising open innovation.


  • Herstatt, C. & Ehls, D. (Eds.). (2015). Open source innovation: The phenomenon, participant’s behavior, business implications. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
    Call no.: R 005.3 OPE
    In Open Source Innovation, the editors present open innovation from three aspects: the phenomenon, participants’ behaviour and the business impacts and implications. It looks at open innovation from the micro perspective of individuals and the community to the macro perspective of companies and economies.


  • Huff, A. S., Möslein, K. M. & Reichwald, R. (Eds.). (2013). Leading open innovation. Cambridge: MIT Press.
    Call no.: RBUS 658.4063 LEA
    Leading Open Innovation describes how open innovation can be carried out in a company. Besides looking at open innovation through case studies of international firms such as Siemens, Facebook and Netflix, it also explains the process involved in its implementation and examines some of the trends in open innovation.


  • Mention, A. & Salampasis, D. (Eds.). (2017). Open innovation: Unveiling the power of the human element. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.
    Call no.: RBUS 658.4063 OPE
    In this book, the human resource (HR) aspect of an open innovation environment is explored to provide insights and strategies on how open innovation can be driven in an organisation. It covers various HR issues, including the creation of an open innovation environment and culture, challenges in implementing open innovation, and staff training and development for open innovation.


  • Noble, C. H., Durmusoglu, S. S. & Griffin, A. (Eds.). (2014). Open innovation: New product development essentials from PDMA. Hoboken: Wiley.
    Call no.: RBUS 658.575 OPE
    What are the tools available for open innovation, and how can companies use them for product development? This book is a comprehensive guide on the implementation of open innovation, focusing on the application of tools available and using real-life examples of successes and failures to illustrate concepts of open innovation.


  • Tidd, J. (Ed.). (2014). Open innovation research, management and practice. London: Imperial College Press.
    Call no.: RBUS 658.514 OPE
    The open innovation model encourages companies to look to external sources for knowledge and share their internal knowledge with others. However, when and how should companies do these? Through a collection of research and studies, this book sheds light on the precise mechanisms that contribute to successful open innovation.




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(listed in alphabetical order)


  • Chu, S., Ritter, W. & Hawamdeh, S. (Eds.). (2014). Managing knowledge for global and collaborative innovations. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd. Retrieved from ProQuest Ebook Central.
    This ebook explores the concepts of collaboration and information sharing through the perspectives and studies of researchers and practitioners. The first few chapters focus on knowledge sharing in various sectors and its resulting impacts.


  • Garner, J. (2015). From me to we: Why commercial collaboration is the key to future proofing business, leadership and personal success. Queensland: John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd. Retrieved from ProQuest Ebook Central.
    Find out how you can share knowledge with others through commercial collaboration in From Me to We and shift your mindset from the solitary space of Me to the collaborative space of We. The ebook also details the Seven Reconnect Principles to help readers realise change and future proof themselves and their businesses.


  • Howard, B. (2015). We-commerce: How to create, collaborate, and succeed in the sharing economy. New York: Penguin Publishing Group. Retrieved from OverDrive.
    We-commerce provides companies with a reinvented business toolkit that they can use to effectively collaborate and co-create with their customers and the global market to innovate new ideas and succeed in the new global sharing economy.


  • Martinez, M. G. (Ed.). (2013). Open innovation in the food and beverage industry. Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing Limited. Retrieved from ProQuest Ebook Central.
    Open Innovation in the Food and Beverage Industry provides an overview of the emerging trend of open innovation in the food and beverage (F&B) industry. Besides discussing the opportunities and challenges of implementing open innovation in the industry, the ebook also covers other aspects such as the collaborative partners, tools and frameworks involved.



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  • Brant, J. & Lohse, S. (2014). The open innovation model. Retrieved November 18, 2017 from International Chamber of Commerce website:
    This briefing paper by the International Chamber of Commerce looks at the open innovation model and how it is different from the other traditional research and development approaches. In addition, it also lists the benefits which businesses can reap if they implement the model, and some of the prerequisites required for a successful implementation.


  • Curley, M. (2016, May 17). Twelve principles for open innovation 2.0. Nature, 533, p. 314-316. Retrieved November 18, 2017 from Nature website:
    The author of this article from the Nature magazine shares his perspective of what open innovation 2.0 would look like and how it could potentially bring about sustainable, intelligent living. He illustrates the benefits of open innovation 2.0 with examples from various organisations, and also gave his recommendations of what businesses and governments can do to encourage open innovation.


  • Deloitte Center for Health Solution. (2015). Executing an open innovation model: Cooperation is key to competition for biopharmaceutical companies. Retrieved November 18, 2017 from Deloitte website:
    This research report by Deloitte analyses the state of open innovation in the biopharmaceutical industry, with explanations of the concept of open innovation and the four major types implemented in the industry. The analysis found that despite the success rate of open innovation being higher compared to that of closed innovation, many companies are slow to adopt open innovation.


  • Research, Innovation and Science Policy Experts (RISE). (2017). Europe’s future: Open innovation, open science, open to the world. Retrieved November 18, 2017 from European Commission website:
    Europe’s Future is an analytical report from the European Commission comprising contributions from 30 experts from around the world on how the three Os- open innovation, open science and open to the world- can potentially impact Europe’s growth and performance.


  • Resnick, D. (2015, September 3). Why more companies are embracing open innovation. Retrieved November 18, 2017 from FastCompany website:
    This article presents the three aspects needed for a successful open innovation collaboration between companies and their external partners, namely transparency, clarity and commitment. It discusses the importance of these aspects and explains how each can impact open innovation.


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Written by Lee Kim Goh