A Systematic Literature Review of Open Innovation and R&D Managers

James A. Cunningham*, María José Foncubierta-Rodríguez, Fernando Martín-Alcázar, José Luis Perea-Vicente

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There has been a limited research focus on the role of individual actors and human side of open innovation (OI) within the literature. The purpose of this chapter is to address this imbalance. Using a systematic literature review, we thematically review and analyse the R&D leader role within an OI R&D environment. We identified three main themes, OI implementation, fear and firm performance, and using these themes an organising framework we outline future avenues of research. We also argue that there is a need to undertake further research on the role of R&D leader within an OI R&D environment to adequately equip and support them in the day-to-day management of OI.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManaging collaborative R&D projects
Subtitle of host publicationleveraging open innovation knowledge-flows for co-creation
EditorsGabriela Fernandes, Lawrence Dooley, David O'Sullivan, Asbjørn Rolstadås
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9783030616052
ISBN (Print)9783030616045, 9783030616076
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameContributions to Management Science
ISSN (Print)1431-1941
ISSN (Electronic)2197-716X


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