Geography, Open Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Geography, Open Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Edited by Urban Gråsjö, Charlie Karlsson and Iréne Bernhard

Developed countries must be incredibly innovative to secure incomes and welfare so that they may successfully compete against international rivals. This book focuses on two specific but interrelated aspects of innovation by incumbent firms and entrepreneurs, the role of geography and of open innovation.
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Chapter 5: The influence of the NIH and NSH syndromes on the adoption of open innovation in the Canadian aerospace sector

Fabiano Armellini, Catherine Beaudry and Maria Mahon


Early publications on open innovation identified two syndromes that would prevent companies from adequately adopting open innovation, the NIH (not-invented-here) syndrome, related to the unwillingness to use external knowledge, and the NSH (not-sold-here) syndrome, connected to a negative attitude towards the external commercialization of knowledge assets. Despite these early definitions, current research on the topic has been mostly focused on the absorptive capacity perspective, and less attention has been given to other relevant factors, culture being among them. This chapter addresses this issue, by proposing a regression model that correlates the presence of these syndromes with open innovation organization and the practice of inbound and outbound open innovation. Some of the hypotheses in this model are confirmed, mostly on the side of inbound open innovation, when tested with data from a questionnaire-based survey on the extent of the use of open innovation practices and open business modes in the Canadian aerospace industry.

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