We are a group of scholars fascinated by the new technological infrastructures and novel opportunities available for the generation, distribution and consumption of social, scientific and cultural discourse. In more specific terms, we are interested in where innovation comes from, how it spreads and evolves, and how it affects those who use and consume it.

Between the extremes of "big science" and user-led tweaking, there are many forms of organizations, innovation tools, and technology platforms that enable original knowledge generation and its further exploitation by organizations.

Currently the full range of opportunities and consequences of these novel innovation platforms are unexplored. Our goal is to focus the talent of some of the leading thinkers in the field to better understand these new innovation systems: their mechanisms, possibilities, and costs; with the aim of informing users, managers and policy makers on their optimal use and potential.

Specific research themes and topics include:

Innovation and innovation management

> Open innovation

> Cultures, infrastructures and tools for creativity and innovation

> User -and community- based innovations

> Public policy for innovation and knowledge-based economies

> Design-driven innovation

> Intellectual property

Knowledge management and organizational learning

> The dynamics of knowledge at work

> Types of knowledge and evolution of knowledge in firms

> Managing research -based and knowledge-intensive structures

> Networks and boundaries of organizational relations, network structure and learning performance

> Teams and learning groups that foster innovation and R&D

> Scientific & knowledge communities

> Creation, adoption, and diffusion of sustainable technologies -processes and systems of use

> Science to business and technology transfer

> Democratized and "illegitimate" knowledge

Rhetoric and narratives in management

> Narratives and storytelling in organizations undertaking change

Innovation platforms and ecosystems

> Open cities and electronic democratization

> Serious games

> Living labs

> Technology ecosystem / governance

> Creativity tools

Research Projects

The IIK actively participates in cutting-edge research projects on innovation


Type: European Commission – Horizon 2020
Coordinator: CERN – Switzerland   

Partners: Aalto University, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), European Industrial Research Management Association (EIRMA), European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), ESADE Business School, European Southern Observatory (ESO), European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), European X-Ray Free Electron Later Facility (European XFEL), Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Researcher: Jonathan Wareham

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INSPIRE: Open Innovation for SMEs 

Type: European Commission – Horizon 2020
Coordinator: University of Brighton – United Kingdom   

Partners: University of Brighton, ESADE Business School, Institute for Management of Information and Technology, Kinno Consultants LTD, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lithuanian Innovation Center, Science & Technology Facilities Council, Technology Innovation International, Verhaert New Products and Services NV
Researcher: Wim Vanhaverbeke

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