The purpose of this paper is to explore patterns and developments in the open innovation literature.
A bibliometric analysis was performed by classifying 411 articles in a range of key attributes.
Europe (61 per cent) as a region of data source was higher than all other regions together. As a unit of analysis, firm level (65 per cent) was more than all other levels together. Qualitative studies were mostly case-based, and quantitative studies were largely based on survey and panel data. Regression was a widely used analytical technique.
The authors identified avenues to address overlooked research topics, increase cross-continental collaboration, diversity of research methods beyond case study and survey, etc. Based on findings, the authors outlined some future research directions.
Mokter Hossain is grateful to the Finnish Cultural Foundation for funding this study. Muhammad Anees-ur-Rehman is grateful to the Center for International Mobility (CIMO) Finland for funding this study.
Hossain, M. and Anees-ur-Rehman, M. (2016), "Open innovation: an analysis of twelve years of research", Strategic Outsourcing: An International Journal, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 22-37. https://doi.org/10.1108/SO-09-2015-0022Download as .RIS
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