Tackling Societal Challenges with Open Innovation

Anita McGahan, Marcel L.A.M. Bogers, Henry Chesbrough, Marcus Holgersson

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Open innovation includes external knowledge sources and paths to market as complements to internal innovation processes. Open innovation has to date been driven largely by business objectives, but the imperative of social challenges has turned attention to the broader set of goals to which open innovation is relevant. This introduction discusses how open innovation can be deployed to address societal challenges—as well as the trade-offs and tensions that arise as a result. Against this background we introduce the articles published in this Special Section, which were originally presented at the sixth Annual World Open Innovation Conference.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-61
Number of pages13
JournalCalifornia Management Review
Issue number2
Early online date26 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


  • collaborative innovation
  • green business
  • innovation
  • open innovation
  • social innovation


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