Administration and Open Innovation

3 Jun 2008 | 10:51 am | Autor: Roc Fages

Filed under: e-Government andInnovación

Open innovation is a perfect model for administrations. If companies have to accept external inputs to the innovation process even if they want to keep the secret of their core business, the essence of administrations is to talk with citizens. The market is a conversation, as it was told in the Cluetrain Manifesto, and citizens are a very important part of the public market.

This is what I told last week to public workers of Asturias (Spain), in a workshop about public management held in Gijón. It is very curious to put the Open Innovation Model figure from Henry Chesbrough in a presentation to public workers. Perhaps because it has never been accepted public-private partnerships. But, though administrations cannot work exactly as private business this has not a direct relation with the incorporation of an open mind in public organizations.

So, how? It’s simple: innovate letting external ideas get in the process, show out internal ideas to be cooked by other voices and let them get in again to be managed or, for example, analyze what is done in similar administrations. This is Chesbrough’s model!

In fact, I tlaked in Gijón about that because two days before I was able to stay close during several days with the Top defenders of the Open innovation model, and specially with the one that coined the name, Dr. Henry Chesbrough, the UCB Haas School of Business Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Open Innovation in Berkeley. It was last 26th and 27th May 2008 in the International Conference Open Innovation and University: Competitiveness and Development, organized by the Universitat Politècnica de València and conceptualized by the team of LTC Project, led by Mr. Xavier Marcet and assessed by myself.

Dr. Chesbrough explained in Valencia the Open Innovation model in business and how universities have to be part of the process as ideas-generators.

You can download here its presentation, and also watch here the video.


We also met in Valencia other leading persons in the triangle University-Open Innovation-Business. Before I name them, lets tell you that you can see all their CV here, their presentations here, and the videos here. An executive of the sessions are also included at the Conference webpage.

So, we talked with Dr. Curtis R. Carlson, the CEO and President of Stanford Research Institute; Dr. Andreu Mas Colell, the future General Secretary of the European Research Council; Mr. Tom Hockaday, General Manager of the Technology Transfer company Issis Innovation, from Oxford University; Dr. Ronald M. Wolf, from Philips Research; Dr. Jan Anders Manson, Vice President for Innovation and Valorization of the Ecole Politechnique Federale de Lausanne; Dr. Guven Yalcintas, Vice President of Thecnology Transfer Office of the State UNiversity of New York; Dr. Alph Bingham, Founder and Board Member of the ideas-enterprise-digital-intermediary Innocentive, and Mr. Xavier Ricart, President of KIM, another intermediary between ideas and business located in Barcelona and developed by the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona.

About Dr. Carlson, he explained the innovation model of SRI, and it was interesting how he criticized the first trend of Silicon Valley: give us 100 ideas and one will be succesful. That, he said, was more or less against an open innovation model, although I think that a Google or a Facebook can be developed if there are hundreds of googles and facebooks that have previously failed. In his session, Dr. Jan Anders Manson talked about how a university like his can take profit of a Innovation and Valorization Department. Lets also remind that Dr. Manson was the leader of the development of Alinghi, the first boat made in a country without sea  -the EPFL, Switzerland- that won the America Cup.

About Dr. Wolf, apart from an excelent presentation of how a company as Philips is working in a nearly perfect innovation -and open- model, he told me that universities, even technical universities, should integrate business management in the students curricula, although investigators are not businessman either never all students will be investigators. Mr. Hockaday, Mr. Ricart and Dr. Bingham explained the core questions of new intermediaries between ideas and business in an open innovation arena. And Dr. Mas Colell talked about how the European Union is now trying to change the research model.

Apart from the speaches of the UPV Rector, Dr. Juan Juliá Igual, the UPV’s Vice Rector of Economy Coordination and Planification and Director of Fundación Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación, Francisco Mora, explained how its university is developing a good strategy for innovate and tech transfer to the market.

Look up at the UPV, in the present future we’ll hear about their position with tech transfer, companies, developement and Open Innovation!


Image: Dr. Chesbrough talking in the Open Innovation Conference and University held in Valencia 

1 Comment for 'Administration and Open Innovation' »

    June 1, 2011 | 2:59 am

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