Wednesday, March 3, 2010

We know open innovation is not new ..

There's an interesting paper recently published comparing open and closed approaches to innovation in the US steel industry in the 1920s. This contrasts with a comment made in the first post on this blog pointing out that open innovation does seem to have some of the characteristics of a recent management fad. So, I'm interested in finding further documented examples of open innovation going back through industrial history. If you know of any, please add a comment. I'll then collate the responses and attempt to produce a historical timeline of open innovation examples.