Open Innovation in Brazil: Exploring Opportunities and Challenges




Open Innovation, Emerging economies, Innovative resources and capabilities, Latecomer firms


Background: While open innovation has been increasingly adopted in developed countries, firms from emerging markets such as Brazil markedly fall behind this trend. Our understanding of the reasons behind this phenomenon remains limited, since most research focuses on the industrialized world.

Objective: The objective of this paper is to inspire the academic community to investigate the issue of why companies from emerging economies such as Brazil have limited open innovation strategies, when they need to draw on external partners as to overcome the institutional, resource and capability constraints they are subject to.

Method: We review current research on open innovation in general and especially in the Brazilian setting to develop a framework for studying this phenomenon and to suggest future research directions.

Results: We argue that latecomer firms in emerging economies need to actively use open innovation more than ever, as to overcome internal rigidities and spur the innovative resources and capabilities required for the digital transformation and for addressing grand societal challenges. We contend that the Brazilian setting is a relevant empirical context to study, giving the potential to uncover unique mechanisms and theoretical relations by asking (and possibly answering) novel research questions.

Conclusions: Building on a conceptual framework that links various implementation levels of open innovation, we identify themes that are either less well researched or contested and thereby suggest challenges and opportunities for future research.


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Bogers, M., Burcharth, A., & Chesbrough, H. (2021). Open Innovation in Brazil: Exploring Opportunities and Challenges. International Journal of Professional Business Review, 6(1), e213.