||This study explores The Role of Knowledge Broker in Open Innovation Framework. Open innovation is an increasingly important issue. Since open innovation concepts have been proposed in 2003, many organizations continue to change its strategy in order to be able to benefit in the open innovation. Open innovation allows companies to eliminate organizational boundaries between internal and external, which make innovation and resources can freely go out and inside. Open Innovation by its nature, can be divided into inbound open innovation and outbound open innovation. Inbound open innovation is that an organization can make outside ideas into the organization to assist innovation; Outbound open innovation refers to the internal organization released patent to the outside world, so that the patent can effectively use and organization can get premium. The knowledge broker is very important when companies conduct open innovation strategy. |
The knowledge broker refers to people who disseminate knowledge to the public. Organizations which implement open innovation need an occupation who can link the external resources and internal resources. This position needs to be able to effectively link different areas to generate innovation. Because frequent transfer and exchange of knowledge, many foreign enterprises start to set up the knowledge broker.
Currently in Taiwan, we are not sure if is there existing knowledge broker, and what role is. Therefore, this study use case study to explore this issue. We screened 100 companies and selected six companies to make interview. We concluded that there is no perfect knowledge broker now, but outbound open innovation knowledge broker and in bound open innovation knowledge broker exist. And knowledge broker could not only broker knowledge, but also have the knowledge in other field. By this, it can know how and why can he outbound and inbound innovation.