Open to the world and to novelty in order to grow better and more solidly. This is the emerging theme within the enterprise system. A manufacturing culture which is only apparently easy to apply, but in reality constitutes a major breakthrough. And once again, to understand better, practice is required, more than theory. Including that illustrated in “Open Innovation Made in Italy. Lo sviluppo dell’innovazione aperta nelle imprese italiane” (Open Innovation Made in Italy. The development of open innovation in Italian companies), a book which was recently published and edited by Giuseppe Iacobelli together with a number of other researchers.
The book tries to answer a question: can Italian companies adopt the paradigm of open innovation in their research and development strategies? In other words, the essays in the book query the prospects of adopting the paradigm of open innovation to address business strategies effectively and relaunch the challenge of innovation in our country. A goal however that can only be achieved by deploying appropriate organisational and cognitive systems, financial resources and dedicated figures capable of effectively managing the new processes, but also an appropriate approach from an entrepreneurial and managerial perspective.
A delicate combination, therefore, that leads a company to open itself to the world of innovation adequately. A toolbox that the book fills not so much with theory, but with five real business cases. The readers peruse the stories of Amadori, ZCube of Zambon, iGuzzini, JCube of Gruppo Maccaferri, F-Lab of Fluid-o-Tech. Beside them, of course, there is an investigation into the underlying paradigms that support open innovation also with regard to active trends at international level in the collaboration between entrepreneurs, startup companies, universities, research, finance and institutions.
What emerges is not just a series of “case studies”, but also the ability to give rise to an “Italian model” of open innovation in which consolidated companies and startup companies alike can swap strategic resources and create opportunities for both.
Open Innovation Made in Italy. Lo sviluppo dell’innovazione aperta nelle imprese italiane (Open Innovation Made in Italy. The development of open innovation in Italian companies)
edited by Giuseppe Iacobelli
Franco Angeli, 2018