Respecting the Deal: How to Manage Co-opetitive Actors in Open Innovation

  • Riccardo Bonazzi
  • Lotfi Hussami
  • Pius Bienz
  • Yves Pigneur
Conference paper


Platforms like E-bay allow product seekers and providers to meet and exchange goods. On the same way in open innovation, as defined by Chesbrough, an enterprise can collect ideas from outside the company. But on E-bay, the seeker can return the product if it does not correspond to the expectations, since E-bay is the third-party actor in charge of assuring that the agreement between seekers and providers will be respected. So who does provide the same service for what concerns open innovation, where specifications might not fully defined? In this paper we shall describe the business model of an organizational structure to support the elicitation and respect of agreements between actors, who have conflicting interests but that gain from cooperating together. The concepts of the model will be illustrated to derive a set of propositions and a simple example will illustrate one of its possible instantiations. The description of our first evaluation phase shall find place at the end.


Business Model Open Innovation Service Level Agreement Business Unit Customer Segment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Riccardo Bonazzi
    • 1
  • Lotfi Hussami
    • 1
  • Pius Bienz
    • 1
  • Yves Pigneur
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Business and Economics, Information Systems InstituteUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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