New Partners for Innovation - Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs): A theoretical framework for mutually benefiting NGO-business partnerships in open innovation

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Type and Duration

PhD-Thesis, March 2010 until December 2013 (finished)


Chair of Technology and Entrepreneurship

Main Research

Growth and Complexity

Field of Research



By using a mixed-method approach, the thesis wishes to show both from a quantitative and a qualitative perspective, if and how the collaboration of companies with IGOs and (I)NGOs fosters innovation. IGOs and (I)NGOs will be systemized, the process of the collaboration analyzed, a theoretical model either identifyed or adapted and a successful collaboration modelled.


Innovation research, Innovation management and -controlling, Model development