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What is the profile of an Open Innovation Manager?

For several years now, companies are opening their innovation process inside and outside their boundaries. A study we conducted in 2015 on 90 R&D decision-makers confirmed this trend with 80 % of them saying that they are committed to at least one collaborative project per year. Companies no longer innovate in an isolated way and, internal teams are brought to collaborate within the various departments: R&D, Marketing, cross-Business Units…

 

Reserved previously for in-house initiatives, innovation is now open to the collective intelligence of its ecosystem. There are many advantages in this practice: benefiting from new ideas and know-how, reducing the risks and the costs, accelerating innovation capacity …

Thus, companies set up Open Innovation teams. Their tasks are multiple: train managers of the various services, protect scientists and researchers in their relations with other structures (companies, universities, laboratories), and develop new tools and processes …

 

“But a question remains: what is the profile of the Managers of these teams?”

 

Well recognized professors, Wim Vanhaverbeke, Jim Cheng and Henry Chesbrough, answer this question in their study: « A Profile of Open Innovation Managers in Multinational Companies ».

In this report led with 158 Managers, we can learn that the average age of an Open Innovation Manager is 43 years old, that 40 % of them have an R&D background, and that most of them have between 6 and 20 years of experience in the company before occupying the function …

 

To learn more about these interesting profiles, their experiences and their career developments, we invite you to discover this unique study:

 

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