How does it work?
The clue is in the word ‘open’. By its very nature, open innovation is an unpredictable activity – every idea and every project is different. We don’t have a rulebook or a set of detailed processes in place. Collaboration is exciting, but it’s also a leap of faith, as Karen Scholz, Commercial Innovation Manager says.
“What are the rules? In the true spirit of ‘openness’ we don’t know!”
“As scientists and engineers we’re increasingly asked to come up with new ideas, better, faster, smarter – and of course greener ways of doing business…it’s why many of us decided to go into this profession. However, the real key is having an organization and a culture that supports innovation – and DSM is able to do that.”
“Even a company the size of ours, with 20,000-plus people, has limits to what we can achieve – in term of resource, budgets, and all the other factors that govern business. Our innovation shouldn’t be limited – which is precisely why we are reaching out through this web site and social networks to find likeminded partners.”
“There are questions: Who owns the IP? How is the profit from ideas shared? How do we work together? In general, what are the rules?
In the true spirit of ‘openness’ we don’t fully know. But if we want to keep inventing new ideas that can help improve quality of life for ordinary people – and turn a profit…there’s only one way to find out.”
Are you up for the challenge?
We’ll work together with you to find the best working relationship and business model from licensing patents to joint development agreements to alliances and partnerships.
As you’ll see there are several ways to get in touch, join the various debates and help stimulate open innovation.