Open and Distributed Innovation

Drill by Neville Miles (ODI Theme)What we did

The Open and Distributed Innovation theme explored leading open innovation practices for sourcing and sharing knowledge across boundaries. We developed a richer and more powerful understanding of the mechanisms that support innovation in these environments.

We worked closely with a range of leading companies including Arup, Atkins, RIM, GSK, QinetiQ, Siemens, ARM, Syngenta, Pfizer, Inngot, HP,  as well as public agencies such as NESTA, TSB, European Commission, UKIPO, and BIS, to advance both theory and practice on how organisations create and capture value from open and distributed models of innovation with the goal of improving innovative performance.

For a full list of research projects in this theme, please visit the projects overview page.

Our work with Imperial has been mutually rewarding, offering us timely solutions to “real-time” issues, expanding our understanding of our own organisation and talent pool, as well as increasing our capacity to absorb and implement new ideas’

Jeremy Watson, Director Global Research

Core Impact: Knowledge Management with Arup

Working with Arup, an international design engineering firm, our ISC project analysed internal expertise and HR systems to see similarities of skill and capability. Using this data, we created a visual map, known as the Arup ‘brain’ showing where skill commonalities existed across the project base, thus creating significant cost and efficiency savings. By frequently mapping and analysing their skills, ISC research demonstrated that firms like Arup can use utilise alternative techniques to recognise and maximise its knowledge-base.

Find out more by watching our summary video.

Research Team 2003-2013

Theme Leader Professor Ammon Salter 
Virginia Acha Oliver Alexy John Bessant Kate Bishop
Paola Criscuolo Linus Dahlander Boris Ewenstein Thorsten Grohsjean
Toke Reichstein Keith Smith Valentina Tartari Leendert (Anne) ter Wal
Umut Toker Jonathan Sapsed


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