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Journal of Innovation Economics & Management

2014/3 (n°15)

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As the business model approach gains empirical and theoretical ground, it is worth analyzing the vision of the innovation process it conveys. Does the business model literature challenge the linear model of innovation? Does it contribute to a better understanding of current innovation processes? In this paper, we show that the linear model of innovation does not require any explicit reflection on the business model and supports a narrow conception of the innovation process. However, new insight is provided by Chesbrough within the framework of the open innovation paradigm. The business model literature appropriates Chesbrough’s legacy in an ambiguous way but nevertheless contributes to better conceiving the role of science, technology, and their relationships with business models in value creating innovation processes.
JEL codes: O30, M21

Key words

  • process of innovation
  • open innovation
  • business model
  • technology
  • science

Plan de l'article

  1. The linear model of innovation: no need for business model considerations
    1. The closed innovation paradigm and its typical model of corporate innovation
    2. The inherent economic potential of inventions
    3. A simplistic approach to the nature of and the relationships among science, technology, and business
    4. A renewed conception of innovation within the open innovation paradigm? Chesbrough’s contribution
    5. Research at the interface between many schools of thought
    6. The open innovation paradigm and its typical model(s) of innovation
    7. Further developments on open models of innovation and weaknesses of Chesbrough’s thought
  2. Business models approaches to innovation and Chesbrough’s 2003 contribution legacy
    1. A new vision of technology, science and their relationships to business
    2. From an ambiguous conception of the process of innovation to an adaptive platform of innovation
  3. Conclusion

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