As of begining 2013, the situation/state of the art of Open Innovation and Education and Training has been as follow.
Open innovation concept has been a part of Innovation Management and Global Innovation Management research for already many years, and now it is being integrated in teaching (however rather inconsistently). Since its introduction, OI has become one of the most attractive topics in innovation research – many companies selected to follow this paradigm in their daily business processes, which is not always easy. Researching the challenges of open innovation implementation in companies, researchers observed that distinctively new skill- and mindsets are required in order to reach success in open innovation. This rising market need for OI way of thinking has created a demand for open innovation as a teaching discipline of its own.
Nevertheless, the teaching of Open Innovation is still fragmented and inconsistent between different universities.
OI-Net is targeting to fill in the gap of lack of common understanding on open innovation teaching by reinforcing up-to-date innovation education to foster the European competitiveness and development. In doing so, the partners in the network rely on own profound experience of teaching innovation management and researching open innovation.
Open innovation does not exist as a discipline in EU countries and as a teaching subject it does not have common understanding among educators.
Therefore, even though the European Commission has brough an attention to open innovation in Open Innovation 2012 report, it still remains fragmented in HEIs. Following the popularity of the approach in modern business world and observing the struggle of industries to build open innovation mentality, it has become clear that there is a need for a coordinated framework on teaching open innovation skills to future graduates, dealing with multi-disciplinary approaches to the subject and giving the students a holistic view on it... Therefore, role of HEIs is no doubt of high importance in helping European advancement of open innovation practices.
Overall, in education OI issues are embedded into the existing innovation management courses and are usually shallowly covered within few hour sessions.
OI-Net will amend OI education by tuning curricula and creating a common curricula framework. This project will ultimately respond in many levels to the need to focus more on open innovation in Higher Education.
OI-Net will also develop an OI-Net platform to share information and knowledge.
There exist many of different open innovation communities, which are mainly focused on exchanging information for research, practice and most recent developments. They are run in the form of blogs and file-repository. The major difference of OI-Net will be its focus on teaching open innovation, and in doing so, bringing together educators and 'final customers' (enterprises) who can share the materials and provide feedback on the state of OI education. Many of material-repository-kind of platforms have failed to succeed due to insufficient consideration for intellectual property issues, recognition of original authors, recognition of re-use and intermediate/further contributions on original elements, peer recognition and community/communitarism valorisation mechanisms. Both with the expertise in OI (where similar mechanisms have been piloted by nature and mindset of OI), and with the expertise gathered from other projects (such as WIKI-skills, developing ahead in parallel to implement e-collaborative and cooperative culture on knowledge platform), OI-Net is able to go beyond this state by effectively launching this OI-Net Platform, which will be already tested when implementing the pilot curricula. All the HEIs and practitioners interested in implementing the curricula will also bring in cases, elements or full modules to support the development of a-la-carte OI curricula under the joint OI-Net common curricula framework (CCF) on open innovation for HE and the Terms of Reference on open innovation for HE. After the project is finished, the platform with materials will be hosted by LUT together with project partners identified for this task during the project, and the updates will be done on the regular basis via the contacts with network members.