About WOIC

WOIC Conference, December 15-16, 2016

PhD Seminar, December 13-14, 2016

For information and to sign up for the PhD Seminar contact Pilar Gallego

Conference Venue: ESADEFORUM  |  ESADE Business School  |  Barcelona, Spain

Conference Theme:

Open Innovation in the Digital Age

The 3rd Annual World Open Innovation Conference co-hosted with ESADE in Barcelona, Spain, brings together renowned academic scholars, leading companies and innovators in the Open Innovation [1]  space.  R&D Management has agreed to provide a Special Issue comprised of the best papers submitted to the conference.

To help identify and develop the best new theoretical and applied research in open innovation, we are organizing the 3rd Annual World Open Innovation Conference (WOIC 2016). While the first two WOICs were held in Napa Valley in 2014 and in Silicon Valley in 2015, respectively; it is now moving to Europe for this year and will be held at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

The digital age provides new enabling factors for generating, sharing, retrieving and storing data, information or knowledge that could dramatically impact how organizations manage their boundaries. In many cases, managers need to let go of the traditional logic of managing knowledge for innovation that may reside inside or outside the organization, but instead need to find new ways of managing the entire ecosystem where complementary partners are co-innovating new solutions that they can only establish together.

Digital technologies have a far-reaching impact on how individual and organizations innovate together. Moreover, notions as alliances, innovation ecosystems, and the triple helix gain new importance in the digital age. The increased opportunities of identifying the solution to an innovation problem through distant search has given rise to new innovation processes and business models, such as crowdsourcing and innovation intermediaries. This is causing important challenges for established firms and startups alike as well as for governments and other organizations.

R&D Management has agreed to devote a Special Issue on “Open Innovation in the Digital Age” with the best papers submitted to the conference.  See our Call for Papers at https://woic.corporateinnovation.berkeley.edu/call-for-papers/ for more information.

[1] Open Innovation describes “a distributed innovation process based on purposively managed knowledge flows across organizational boundaries” (Chesbrough and Bogers, 2014). It provides insights into how firms can harness inflows and outflows of knowledge to improve their innovation success. It has become a popular (and well cited) area of innovation research.


Who Should Attend?

The World Open Innovation Conference invites both academic scholars and industry professionals, both from the public and private sectors, in the area of Open Innovation.

  • Chief Innovation Officers, Innovation Directors and Managers
  • University Professors and Doctoral Students in the field of innovation
  • Managers and Directors in New Product Developments and Strategy
  • Innovation Consultants
  • Government Officials
  • Researchers at Corporate/Government Research Institutes
  • Anyone who is interested in Open Innovation


To include (but are not limited to):

  • Open Innovation in the digital age
  • Open innovation across multiple levels of analysis
  • The boundary conditions, moderating effects or contingency factors for Open Innovation.
  • Pecuniary and non-pecuniary mechanisms for enabling Open Innovation
  • Organizational enablers and barriers for Open Innovation
  • Communities, networks, ecosystems, alliances, and other coupled forms of Open Innovation.
  • Crowdsourcing, intermediaries, and other ways to organize Open Innovation
Additional Topics
  • The role of individuals in the Open Innovation process.
  • The role of human resource management practices in Open Innovation
  • The role of technologies in helping (or hindering) Open Innovation processes
  • The relation between Open Innovation, business models, and strategy
  • Open versus proprietary intellectual property (IP) models for Open Innovation
  • The impact of Open Innovation upon new service offerings
  • The effect of government policies in helping (or hindering) Open Innovation
  • The use of Open Innovation by government and other not-for-profit entities
  • How Open Innovation functions in different contexts, including high-tech and low-tech industries, SMEs and large organizations, and domestic and international.
  • The role of Open Innovation in entrepreneurship