Dissertation: A holistic approach to measuring open innovation: contribution to theory development

Since its introduction more than 10 years ago, open innovation (OI) has become a popular topic in the academic literature and has been accepted by many practitioners. The paradigm incorporates recent tendencies in economic and business life. However, critics have noted conceptual issues. Despite its presence in academia, OI in its current state must be regarded as a phenomenon rather than a theory. A lack of unified measurement scales has precluded the holistic measurement of OI adoption by companies, resulting in fragmented studies. Due to different conceptualisations and measurements of OI, the results of such studies are difficult to benchmark, which in turn hinders the generalization and emergence of solid OI theory.

The dissertation by Roman Teplov addresses the identified research gap: the absence of a standard approach for assessing OI adoption within companies. The research adopts multiple theoretical lenses and combines concepts from different domains of knowledge, most notably from innovation and strategic management. The research also combines two levels of analysis: organisational and intra-organisational (i.e. individual). The research was accomplished in several iterations that alternated theory-testing stages with theory building. The study is quantitative and based on primary data collected between 2014 and 2015 from companies representing 38 European countries.

Information about the dissertation
Roman Teplov, Master of Science in Technology, will defend his doctoral dissertation at Lappeenranta University of Technology on 24th May at 12.00 at the Auditorium of the Student Union House. His dissertation is titled A holistic approach to measuring open innovation: contribution to theory development (Holistinen lähestymistapa avoimen innovation mittamiseen: kontribuutio teorian kehittämiseen). Professor Max von Zedtwitz, Kaunas University of technology Lithuania will act as opponent. Professor Juha Väätänen of LUT will act as custos.

Library information

The dissertation has been published in the Acta Universitatis Lappeenrantaensis research series number 797 of the university. ISBN 978-952-335-231-5, ISBN 978-952-335-232-2 (PDF), ISSN 1456-4491. The electronic version can be found from LUTPub-database http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-335-232-2. A printed version of the dissertation may be purchased from the Aalef bookstore, tel. +358 44 744 5511, or at kirjakauppa@aalef.fi or online from the LUT Shop: https://lutshop.lut.fi/.

Further information
Roman Teplov, roman.teplov@lut.fi