4th Annual World Open Innovation Conference

WOIC 2017  |  December 13-15, 2017

The 4th Annual World Open Innovation Conference returns to California! This year, the event will be held in the epicenter of Silicon Valley – San Francisco. After three successful events, the World Open Innovation Conference has established itself as one of the most well attended Open Innovation conferences in the world. Industry leaders and academic scholars have helped identify and develop ways to bridge the gap between Open Innovation [1]  research, and Open Innovation practices.

The conference offers a unique setting to combine the latest in Open Innovation research with the open innovation practices of some of the world’s leading companies. Academic scholars have an opportunity to apply their research to current challenges and areas of development within company settings. Likewise, industry leaders can glean, learn, and apply Open Innovation research to their innovation strategy.

[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 and Policy Makers
  • Researchers at Corporate/Government Research Institutes
  • Anyone who is interested in Open Innovation


  1. Open innovation behavior & cognition, e.g.,
    • Individual-level attributes and behaviors associated with open innovation (e.g., identity, commitment, motivation, resistance to change, communication and learning)
    • Human resource management in the context of open innovation
  2. Open innovation strategy and design, e.g.,
    • Formal and informal organizational structures for open innovation
    • Nature and outcomes of entrepreneurial opportunities that open innovation can enable and help to enact
    • Combinations of “open” and “closed” strategies
    • Business model innovation
  3. Open innovation communities and users, e.g.,
    • Leveraging knowledge produced by individual users with different abilities and motivations
    • How to sustain different forms of open innovation communities
    • Alignment between organizations and communities of innovation
  4. Open innovation ecosystems, e.g.,
    • How new network forms combine value creation and value capture
    • Interactions (and their governance) between heterogeneous actors in innovation ecosystems
    • Governance of digital platforms
    • Crowd-based search and financing
  5. Open policy & governance, e.g.,
    • The design, implementation, and effects of policies for open innovation
    • New forms of democracy and collaborative public management (e.g., cities, regions, governments)
    • Open strategy, both in process and in content
  6. Others topics that do not directly fit the above themes, such as
    • Technology, digitization and open innovation
    • Open innovation in different contexts (e.g., services, SMEs, international business, different industries)
    • New metrics or methodologies for studying open innovation
    • Linking open innovation to broader theories of management or economics