From ‘EGO’ to inclusive ‘ECO-systems’: theorizing the process of openness in innovation

Muhammad Aftab Alam, Murray Taylor

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Open innovation constitutes a significant portion of management literature, detailing the ‘What’ and ‘Why’ part of openness in innovation. Nevertheless, it does not elaborate sufficiently the process of ‘How’ firms adopt openness in innovation to create inclusive ecosystems. We use a grounded interpretive approach to theorize the process of openness in innovation at the macro-level following three rounds of 54 in-depth interviews with managers in the Macquarie Park Innovation District (MPID), Australia. A confirmatory follow-up survey validates our model. We synthesize the social, ethical, and strategic dimensions of openness to understand their interplay in enacting inclusive innovation ecosystems. Our resulting five-phase framework advances innovation theory and provides management practice with a new strategic lens that emphasizes the ethical virtues of openness as a sustainable source of open innovation advantage in ecosystems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019
EventAnnual Meeting of the Academy of Management (79th : 2019): Understanding the Inclusive Organization - Boston, United States
Duration: 9 Aug 201913 Aug 2019


ConferenceAnnual Meeting of the Academy of Management (79th : 2019)
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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