Examples of Open Innovation: Companies that have taken the plunge

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Examples of Open Innovation: Companies that have taken the plunge

Open Innovation: Examples of Companies

This article proposes a few examples of companies that have chosen the path of open innovation.

Innovation is more than ever in the core of the corporate strategy, no matter what the size of the company is. The intensification of competition in a global economy requires new innovation forms and capacities. Nowadays, a company that doesn’t innovate is jeopardizing its existence.

The men and women that lead the big companies are aware of that. But if we say innovation we also say investment. And companies don’t have the means to allocate colossal amounts to research and innovation, or the time to wait to build a new competency from scratch.

This is when open innovation makes sense and becomes important.

Here we cite a number of examples of companies that have taken the path of open innovation. This list will allow entrepreneurs and readers of this article to give more substance and flesh to a concept – open innovation – sometimes still unknown and sometimes too little (or poorly) put into practice. 


An example of open innovation that is easy to understand is the one led by Alstom on a century-old subject: the autumn fall of dead leaves on the rails – which disrupts train operations -. 

Alstom Transport had already re-examined this subject, but decided to systematically explore possible solutions to solve this problem or at least make radical progress in its resolution.

And even when you think you know everything about a subject, you discover through Open Innovation that science and technology never stop!

A major pharmaceutical group

In this example of Open Innovation, we do not have the authorization to reveal the identity of our client. That’s right! Openness is not contradictory with confidentiality and data security, quite the contrary! 

On the other hand, the example shows how Open Innovation makes it possible to considerably increase the avenues of solutions envisaged even for complex subjects such as, for example, the development of a new molecule for therapeutic purposes. 

It also shows how, in the course of a conversation with an expert, unexpected solutions are discovered.

The Orange Group and its Open Innovation

The Orange Group, the world leader in telecommunications, is by definition very well connected! But implementing Open Innovation requires more than connectivity: it requires methods and tools. It combines connectivity with content, knowledge and the process of transforming that knowledge into innovation. The case study with the Orange Group highlights how the research community can also benefit from Open Innovation. 

Open Innovation Examples: 6 concrete cases of Open Innovation

Find other recent cases of large industrial groups and SMEs in a complementary compilation that gives an idea of the diversity of Open Innovation application cases. 

As we can see from these examples (there are still many others to mention…) open innovation has multiple advantages and surely has a bright future ahead of it. It offers advantages in terms of efficiency, savings and also in terms of brand image.

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