Organisational innovation has generally been considered a confidential and internal activity. Firms have now recognised that innovative ideas can emerge from anywhere and it is more fruitful to engage others in collaborative innovation. However, the transition to collaborative innovation is demanding. It poses three major challenges for a firm – ensuring that it is ready to collaborate with others, building trust among partners, and establishing a business model that incorporates governance mechanisms (e.g., equitable decision rights) for a mutually rewarding relationship.
This business briefing outlines four models of progressively collaborative innovation among firms. Through a rich case study of Thomson Reuters we examine the transition challenges, as well as opportunities, that firms are likely to face and how to address the readiness, trust and governance issues.