Open Innovation in Research Libraries-Myth or Reality?

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In this article we investigate open innovation in a non commercial setting: research libraries. The research questions are: Do academic libraries engage in open innovation processes? If so, what are the most important actors in e-services innovation and development and what is their role? By drawing on earlier research on open innovation, new product development and new service development a case study at Roskilde University Library is conducted. We found that research libraries are indeed engaging in open innovation, especially involving competitors, government agencies and users. In particular collaboration with other Danish research libraries and governmental agencies are important in setting the visions and strategies for e-services innovations; users have a more limited role.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManagement of the Interconnected World
EditorsA. D’Atri, M. De Marco, A. M. Braccini, F. Cabiddu
Number of pages8
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media
Publication date2010
ISBN (Print)9783790824032
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Open Innovation
  • Research Libraries
  • E-Services Innovation
  • Academic Libraries
  • Collaboration


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