Open innovation put emphasis on collaboration, sharing and interaction among stakeholders and the use of unlikely sources for the work. Crossing typical boundaries, e.g. organisational, knowledge and expertise domains or markets, is a key to coming up with new innovative solutions and finding new markets. The digitalisation of product development is a window of opportunity for open innovation for example by applying crowdsourcing to outsource idea generation or by running idea competitions with external teams, e.g. making use of peripheral networks.

Case study

Validation have been made with companies as customized thematic think tanks. The interactions go through the steps (1) Now, (2) Wow and (3) How in which a number of customized methods are applied.

Expected outcome

Innovative thinking in relation to product or service development starting from a challenge or a problem situation.

Why used

To prevent “lock-ins” and to open up for external thinking.

Where used

When a shared view on a problem or challenge is identified as lacking.

How used

In mixed teams, starting from exploration of a divergent view of the problem at hand, e.g. problem setting.

Tool training

Facilitated service, on-demand.

Task assignment

Steps to implement the tool in your company is to participate in the training, support will be provided as facilitation cards. Facilitation of the think tank should always be done by a person that has no stakes in the solution, e.g. external to the company, to the project or to the task.