OI-Net: European Academic Network for Open Innovation

About the Project
The European Academic Network for Open Innovation (OI-Net) is a three-year project co-financed by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme, aimed at establishing a network of stakeholders interested in Open Innovation (OI) and promoting cooperation among higher education curricula and institutions. OI-Net is designed to facilitate cooperation by outlining and exchanging up-to-date concepts and good practices in open innovation and open innovation education.

Project Objectives
Open Innovation has been recognised as one of the most important factors in societal development and for European competitiveness. It accelerates the exchange of knowledge and technology within Europe, creating new business opportunities. Despite this, the few curricula on Innovation Management that have been created so far are not sufficiently targeted and complete.

This project develops from the need, emerged from the analysis by various practitioners and research networks, to include OI as a full teaching discipline in order to meet the job market needs for skilled employees and therefore increase the competitiveness of European enterprises. This problem is especially critical to the SMEs, which cannot afford big innovation management teams with specialised skills and which need the specialists who have a holistic understanding of open innovation processes and activities.

OI-Net tackles the following specific objectives:
  • Fill the gap in terms of structured open innovation in Higher Education
  • Demonstrate the integration of the European open innovation curricula
  • Develop a European Community of Practice on open innovation observatory/think-tank
  • Implement support actions to open innovation in Higher Education
  • Build sustainability, shape the future of Higher Education
  • Implement dissemination and supporting facilities from the very start and promote open approaches

Project Methodology
The methods used in the project involve business needs analysis conducted in every participant country, comparing and developing compendia and curricula, preparation of teaching materials, preparation of teaching guidelines and training of teachers. OI-Net will define a Common Curricula Framework (CCF) on OI in Higher Education (HE) to be implemented into pilot courses using an on-line Platform for OI in HE (OIP) where all participants can contribute in an enhanced wiki approach (e.g. modules, cases, multimedia elements, etc.). This OIP enables a-la-carte education to fit the multiple learning outcomes and pedagogical guidelines and needs of the target groups.

An important part of the project management is devoted to quality control and assurance (WP6), under EFMD’s lead and comprising quality assurance and improvement cycle, planning, implementation, evaluation and assessment as well as review/revision. These steps are ensured by constant on-going evaluation of the results. Outcome Mapping methodology will be implemented (with the identification of Progress Markers depending on the various Boundary Partners of OI projects/cases) to support evidence building of the role of OI in HE in terms of impact towards the societal challenges. It will be re-used to support exploitation plan and recommendations to policy-makers to the HE governance.

Project Partners
  • Leader: Finland - Lappeenranta University of Technology
  • Albania - “Marin Barleti” University
  • Austria - WIFI - Vienna Chamber of Commerce; FH Wien
  • Belgium - University of Namur; MAC-Team aisbl; EFMD
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina - University of East Sarajevo
  • Bulgaria - New Bulgaria University
  • Croatia - University of Zagreb
  • Cyprus - University of Cyprus; EU Association of Erasmus Coordinators
  • Czech Republic - University of Economics
  • Denmark - Aarhus University
  • Estonia - University of Tartu; Tallinn University of Technology
  • France - France Business School; Actif-Europe
  • Germany - University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; iNNOWiSE; Aachen University
  • Greece - Athens University of Economics and Business-Research Center
  • Hungary - IMCRC University of Miskolc; University of West Hungary
  • Ireland  - Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, National University of Ireland
  • Italy - Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna; TTP Lab, Technology Transfer Program & Laboratory/Studio ing. Giordani; Politecnico di Milano
  • Latvia - Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration
  • Lithuania - Kaunas University of Technology
  • Luxembourg - CRP Henri Tudor
  • Macedonia - Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje
  • Malta - University of Malta
  • Netherlands - Strategie en Organisatie; Fontys University of Applied Sciences
  • Norway - Norwegian School of Economics; NTNU Social Research AS
  • Poland - Technology Partners; University of Economics in Katowice
  • Portugal - INESC Porto, University of Porto
  • Romania - University of Transilvania
  • Serbia - University of Novi Sad
  • Slovakia - Technical University of Košice
  • Slovenia - University of Ljubljana; University of Primorska
  • Spain - Instutute de Empresa, IE UNIVERSIDAD; EADA
  • Sweden - Linköping University
  • Switzerland - Geneva School of Business Administration
  • Turkey - Middle East Technical University
  • United Kingdom - ISPIM; University of Exeter

EFMD is associated with all project activities, but is in particular, in charge of leading the Quality Assurance work package.
For more information, please visit the project website: http://www.oi-net.eu/.