Supporting the open innovation process in small and medium entreprises.
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KEARNEY, G. and MCHATTIE, L.-S., 2014. Supporting the open innovation process in small and medium entreprises. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 23 (4), pp. 552-567.
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) encounter specific barriers in engaging in innovation. This paper explores the concept of open innovation and how best conditions conducive to this can be created to support SMEs to engage in innovation. It presents chiasma - innovation workshops - as a method towards a collaborative approach that brings together SMEs, designers and academics. Design in action (DiA) is a knowledge exchange hub, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which draws together six universities and art schools across Scotland. Adopting a qualitative approach, the paper presents an ongoing process, whereby the approach emerges from action research in conversation with the actors involved.