CROWDSOURCING AS AN APPROACH FOR REFINING A PRODUCT DESIGN CONCEPT AND RAISING MARKET AWARENESS
After having had the brainwave for a new disruptive application of a known technology, our company faced the need to stimulate user awareness of the new solution and collect inputs for refining the initial concept. Our innovators chose to implement a crowdsourcing approach to achieve this twofold objective.
OPEN INNOVATION TO THE RESCUE
A mature high-tech Swedish manufacturing firm partners with a major customer/distributor to adapt the SME's flagship technology for application in a new market. This open innovation collaboration gives the struggling company a new lease of life and staves off certain bankruptcy.
INNOVATING ITS WAY OUT OF THE FINANCIAL CRISIS THANKS TO MULTIPLE EXTERNAL COLLABORATIONS
To overcome the financial crisis of 2009-2010, a Danish engineering company turned to a national technology institute to assist with developing a new prototype for a CNC machine tool and changed its business model thanks to collaboration with a university economics department. Today it has spun off its new business with the help of investors and is addressing foreign markets through a new network of agents and distributors.
HOW OPEN INNOVATION CAN LEAD TO A CHANGE IN BUSINESS FOCUS
Playsign collaborated with a broad range of stakeholders to develop a new product and service and thereby accessed a new industry and market. Thanks to these different collaborations, the company was able to change the focus of their business, from gaming to urban planning 3D visualization, and helped reshape the company's strategy to implement their vision "Co-Design by Playing".
HOW AN OPEN INNOVATION COLLABORATION CAN INFLUENCE A CHANGE IN BUSINESS STRATEGY
From its origins as an internet marketing company and forced by the financial crisis of 2008-2009 to rethink its business, this Finnish SME took part in a transnational collaborative project which helped it to redefine its business focus and product offering. In the process, the company made the transition from a cutomer-centric to an ecosystem-centric business, a move which has yielded long-term benefits.
FROM RESEARCH-INDUSTRY COLLABORATION TO SPIN-OFF
A science-based university spin-off partners with a large forestry company and various other lead customers to refine their research into a commercial product. When the innovative product is mature enough for the production phase, it is spun off as a new firm.
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