Ward Ooms

Ward Ooms
Open Universiteit Nederland | OU · Faculty of Management

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Introduction
Assistant Professor at the Open University in The Netherlands. My research interest is directed towards organizing for innovation through collaboration. Keywords: innovation; collaboration; proximity; open innovation; regional innovation.
Additional affiliations
January 2016 - present
Open Universiteit Nederland
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Asisstant Professor of Innovation Management Academic Director of BSc Business Administration
January 2012 - January 2016
Open Universiteit Nederland
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
September 2010 - September 2011
Radboud University
Field of study
  • Innovation Management
September 2007 - September 2010
Radboud University
Field of study
  • Business Administration

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Publications (22)
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Although few studies examine the implications of breakthrough innovations in the exporting context, we have little understanding about how contingent factors in the developing countries shape the breakthrough innovations–export performance link. Thus, this study aims at examining the impact of breakthrough innovations (i.e., technology-based innova...
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In the past few years, we have witnessed a reinvigorated interest by academics, practitioners and policymakers in the ecosystem concept. Recent reviews have set out to clarify the conceptual boundaries between ecosystem concepts. Yet there is still a lack of clarity when it comes to which ecosystem types can best help organisations achieve various...
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Firms are increasingly using science-based partnerships to organize for open innovation. To attain outcomes like innovations and high-quality research, science-based partnerships usually consist of multiple short-term R&D projects in which partners work closely together. However, partners often find it difficult to achieve jointly beneficial outcom...
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Social housing corporations play an important role in society as they provide affordable and quality housing for vulnerable citizens. Yet, the sector has to deal with the historical legacy of a high number of old and poorly insulated buildings. While research into the processes that drive or hinder business model innovation in this sector is scarce...
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Smart cities use integrated information and communication technology in order to help their citizens and organizations deal with the challenges of urbanization, safety, and sustainability. Smart cities need complex forms of governance involving a great variety of actors. The aim of this study is to illustrate how elements of governance structures i...
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Open innovation is a viable strategy to solve wicked problems. However, the complexity of these types of problems renders the management of open innovation initiatives (even) more difficult. How can managers make open innovation for complex or even wicked problems work? This article examines case studies of open innovation initiatives adopting a he...
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Prior analyses of face-to-face contacts in collaborations have focused on one substitute only. Instead, we analyse various potential substitutes for face-to-face contacts in collaborations. Based on 45 interviews with academics from five leading European universities of technology our findings show that face-to-face contacts are closely intertwined...
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Cluster benefits are positive externalities that arise from geographical, cognitive, and relational proximities. However, recent advances in clustering theory have indicated that this relationship is not always a spontaneous one. While various externalities of clustering may arise spontaneously for co-located firms, some externalities can only be a...
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The proximity framework serves to analyse and understand how collaborations form and develop over time, and how these affect innovation and learning. The framework has inspired and informed empirical studies in several contexts, contributing to our understanding of the dynamics of dyadic collaborations, industrial clusters and districts, and region...
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We look into the question whether heterogeneity stemming from research orientation, gender, or disciplinary and cultural differences with their PhD supervisors helps or hampers academics’ careers. Based on a sample of 248 academics at two leading European universities of technology, we combine multinomial logit models and sequential logit models to...
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Previous studies investigating proximity and collaboration have not clarified personal elements, such as working or communication style. Here, we show that personal proximity—close similarity in terms of personal traits and behavioral patterns—substantially affects the whole life cycle of research collaborations. We conduct a multi-case study of Du...
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Not only success stories, such as Silicon Valley, but also non-success stories can inform regional innovation policy. In order to provide a benchmark for regional innovation systems we compare both success and non-success stories. Regional innovation systems differ in structural and functional requirements, because development processes are path de...
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The rationale for cluster development rests on advantages that may be derived from integration of geographical proximity as well as various relational proximities. However, recent advances in cluster thinking have indicated cluster advantages are not obtained spontaneously under such conditions. The impact of cluster governance, and thereby also pa...
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Research has shown that enhancing creative processes is vital for continuous innovation and firm competitiveness. Organizational factors may have a limiting effect on employee creativity. Creativity at work is hampered when employees perceive themselves as being unable to fully exploit their creative potential. This study aims to provide empirical...
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Make the most of creative potential: The role of challenge and workload pressure Make the most of creative potential: The role of challenge and workload pressure Research has shown that enhancing creative processes is vital for continuous innovation and firm competitiveness. Organizational factors may have a limiting effect on employee creativity....
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Het versterken van creatieve processen is van vitaal belang voor continue innovatie en concurrentiekracht van organisaties. Het omzetten van creatief potentieel in het daadwerkelijk zien van mogelijkheden voor het uiten van creativiteit wordt moge‐ lijk beïnvloed door bepaalde organisationele factoren. Dit onderzoek toont aan in hoeverre uitdagend...
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This study investigates the effects of the use of social media in inbound open innovation on capabilities for absorptive capacity of companies. Seven explorative case studies were conducted in an R&D and business context of two large global high-tech companies. The results suggest that if the necessary conditions are met, social media usage increas...
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This study investigates the effects of the use of social media in inbound open innovation on capabilities for absorptive capacity of companies. Seven explorative case studies were conducted in an R&D and business context of two large global high-tech companies. The results suggest that if the necessary conditions are met, social media usage increas...
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So far studies investigating proximity and collaboration have focused on dimensions of proximity not explicating personalities of partners, such as working or communication style. However, as we will show in this paper, personal proximity – close similarity in terms of personal traits, behavioural patterns, and the degree to which individuals enjoy...

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PhD vacancy in Open and Reverse Innovation at the Open University: #phdposition on #openinnovation and #reverse #innovation The research will focus on the factors driving the adoption and diffusion of reverse innovations launched in developed markets; what open innovation mechanisms developed market firms can use to tap into reverse innovation flows, and how these mechanisms are best structured, coordinated, and executed to support reverse innovation? The project will combine quantitative and qualitative research methods. Application Deadline: February 27 - #paidpromotion PhD position of 4 years - Your supervisors: Marjolein Caniëls , Cosmina Voinea and Ward Ooms - #hybridwork : from home, but also at the OU campus - This is a project with #industry #impact as well as #academic #appeal Apply via https://www.academictransfer.com/nl/308703/phd-in-open-and-reverse-innovation/
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We invite multi-disciplinary research to shed light on this important state-of-the-art research topic with valuable research contributions. The editors of this research volume welcome high-quality, multi-disciplinary research on the shared theme of “Sustainable Innovation: Strategy (angle), process (perspective), and societal impact.” We encourage submissions that offer relevant theoretical and empirical contributions to this research theme. Possible topics include – but are not limited to – the following domains of inquiry. THEME 1: STRATEGIZING SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION Fundamental shifts in the strategy of firms aiming for sustainable innovation In search of the paradigm shift in the strategy of firms aiming for sustainable innovation. Business models for sustainable innovation Sustainable business models provide the conceptual link between sustainable innovation and economic performance. Following this we propose to advance research and practice cases of sustainable business models. Structures created by firms for supporting (the creation and implementation) sustainable innovation: Creation and implementation We propose this in order to advance research on sustainable innovation networks: Informal/ formal/organizational structures, inter-organizational/society level. THEME 2: PROCESS PERSPECTIVE ON SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION Firm types/characteristics for sustainable innovation: (The role of) Ownership, (role/ type of) leadership, culture What is the role/influence of ownership (family vs. non-family firms, private, public ownership) in commitment for sustainable innovation? What roles/types of leadership are most prominent for guiding towards sustainable innovation? How does organizational culture relate to commitment to sustainable innovation? Stakeholder involvement in mapping sustainable innovation: The why and the who question Which stakeholders should be involved in sustainable innovation? How should different types of stakeholders (e.g. private firms, public organizations, universities, etc.) be involved in sustainable innovation? How should sustainable innovation networks be managed? How can public and private sectors collaborate for sustainable innovation? As double externalities of sustainable innovation play an important role in this type of innovations, and public-private partnerships are critical in the sustainable innovation process, this chapter highlights public-private partnerships as an open innovation approach. Accordingly, public sector organizations are not just the adopters of sustainable innovations, but they co-innovate with private firms. THEME 3: IMPACT OF SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION Evaluating sustainable innovation impact (social, environmental, and economic) How can we evaluate the (performance) impact of sustainable innovation? Relating innovation performance to sustainability performance What is the relation between innovation performance and diverse sustainability goals? Underpinning the organizational level impact, societal level impact, stakeholder level impact of sustainable innovation Can we distinguish between organization level impact and societal level impact of sustainable innovation? How does sustainable innovation affect stakeholders involved? Exploring sustainable open innovation from a policy perspective How can policy make firms behave differently? Investigating the impact and outcome of policies on sustainable innovation. Studying the effects and outcomes of policy and instruments for facilitating sustainable innovation. Submission instructions Researchers and practitioners, individually or in teams, are invited to submit chapter proposals based on original research on or before September 30, 2019. The proposal should include information on research background, key theme or research question, methodology, and author biographies/key publications. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified about the status of their proposals as soon as possible (30 November 2019 at the latest) and at that stage they will receive further chapter guidelines. Inquiries and submissions can be sent electronically (Word document) by e-mail to the editorial team at booksustainableinnovations@gmail.com.
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