In March 2020, amidst the challenges posed by the Corona Crisis, a significant research initiative on open social innovation (OSI) commenced. Spearheaded by Thomas Gegenhuber, Johanna Mair, Laura Thäter, and Rene Lührsen, this initiative focused on the WirvsVirus Hackathon and its subsequent implementation program, UpdateDeutschland.
The WirvsVirus Hackathon was an event designed to harness the distributed creativity to tackle the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It brought together a multitude of participants from various sectors to brainstorm and develop innovative solutions in a short period. The Project UpdateDeutschland followed in the next year (2021) and was a like #WirvsVirus a multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral initiative seeking to societal challenges effectively.
We made progress on our projects. Hence, it is an opportune time to delve into the findings from this initial phase of research.
Article in Industry and Innovation (30th Anniversary Special Issue)
Our recent article in the Industry and Innovation Journal, öffnet eine externe URL in einem neuen Fenster, titled "Open Social Innovation: Taking Stock and Moving Forward". This article is part of a special issue that celebrates 30 years of the Journal Industry and Innovation and features articles that focus on grand innovation challenges. In our article we critically examine OSI. We argue that traditional approaches, primarily organization-centric, are insufficient for addressing the 'wicked' and complex nature of societal problems. Instead, we propose a shift towards OSI 2.0 – a multi-stakeholder, cross-sectoral approach. This model emphasizes collaborative efforts throughout the innovation process, from problem identification to scaling solutions and generating impact. We offer a refined terminology for OSI 2.0 and suggest design dimensions for effective orchestration of collaboration and coordination, along with outlining areas for future research.
Information & Organization Journal
Here, öffnet eine externe URL in einem neuen Fenster, we discuss "Orchestrating Distributed Data Governance in Open Social Innovation". The piece underscores the critical role of data governance in OSI, proposing a framework with three dimensions: openness, accountability, and power. This framework guides effective data management and innovation coordination in OSI projects.
Journal of Business Venturing Insights
Our research here, öffnet eine externe URL in einem neuen Fenster, titled "Pathways and Mechanisms for Catalyzing Social Impact through Orchestration", explores collective entrepreneurial approaches in OSI. We identify four pathways for generating social impact: lead user focus, solution focus, problem focus, and ecosystem focus. This study extends our understanding of how collective action can be orchestrated for societal benefit.
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Our article, öffnet eine externe URL in einem neuen Fenster presents OSI as a novel method for tackling social issues. It highlights the importance of involving multiple stakeholders in every stage, from idea generation to scaling solutions.
As we continue to explore and expand the frontiers of open social innovation, these findings not only offer valuable insights but also lay the groundwork for future research and practical applications in this dynamic field. We will organize a track, öffnet eine externe URL in einem neuen Fenster at next year’s EGOS Colloquium (2024) and more research will also emerge from our UpdateSocial, öffnet eine externe URL in einem neuen Fenster research project (2023; with Laura Dobusch and Nina Füreder).