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What is Open Innovation?


According to Chesbrough, in his book “Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology” (2003) – Open Innovation can thus be described as: combining internal and external ideas as well as internal and external paths to market to advance the development of new technologies.

As I was keenly studying the diagram above and reflecting on the above, I had the following thoughts:

“Mental Frame 1″: iHub is an open space for the tech community in Kenya.

“Mental Frame 2″: The tech community in Kenya have great ideas.

“Mental Frame 3″: Great ideas lead to development of new technologies

Hence: iHub is an open space for the tech community in Kenya with great ideas that will lead to development of new technologies in Kenya. For us to embrace this thought we need to think about – Open Innovation!!!

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  1. Mabinda Okango
    September 26, 2010 at 09:56

    How does this innovation contrast with Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen assertions on disruptive innovation.In my opinion,I think disruptive innovation is far more powerful and lethal than open innovation since it leads to the entire shakeup of an industry.In an age where your competitor may come from an entirely different industry,business executives should be more aware of disruptive innovation.Hence,they should invest more on their Research&Development department rather than leaving one or two office geniuses to man it.

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