Open innovation in the European space sector: existing practices, constraints and opportunities

E. van Burg (Corresponding author), C.G. Giannopapa, I.M.M.J. Reymen

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Abstract

To enhance innovative output and societal spillover of the European space sector, the open innovation approach is becoming popular. Yet, open innovation, referring to innovation practices that cross borders of individual firms, faces constraints. To explore these constraints and identify opportunities, this study performs interviews with government/agency officials and space technology entrepreneurs. The interviews highlight three topic areas with constraints and opportunities: 1) mainly one-directional knowledge flows (from outside the space sector to inside), 2) knowledge and property management, and 3) the role of small- and medium sized companies. These results bear important implications for innovation practices in the space sector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-21
Number of pages5
JournalActa Astronautica
Volume141
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Interviews
  • Knowledge and property management
  • Open innovation
  • SME's

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