Measuring open innovation under uncertainty: A fuzzy logic approach

Ernesto Mastrocinque, Emilia Lamberti, F. Javier Ramirez, Dobrila Petrovic

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    Open innovation has received growing interest in recent years, both in academia and industry. Currently, assessing the degree of openness of a company’s innovation process can be highly challenging due to many qualitative and quantitative factors with different units of measurements involved in the evaluation process. Moreover, the open innovation assessment process is affected by vagueness and uncertainty. In this paper, starting from a thorough review of the open innovation literature and following a holistic approach to open innovation assessment, a novel modular fuzzy rule based system is developed in order to help managers to evaluate the openness of their company. The proposed system allows the decision maker to assess the open innovation level of the firm by providing 19 input variables. The information is then processed by the system through 231 rules in order to compute sub-dimensions, dimensions, building blocks and finally the total degree of open innovation. Furthermore, the proposed system was tested using numerical examples and two real-world case studies of two companies. The results showed the capability of the system to assess open innovation in different scenarios, allowing the decision maker to identify the areas with strengths and weaknesses.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number101673
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Engineering and Technology Management
    Issue number2022
    Early online date16 Feb 2022
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Feb 2022

    Bibliographical note

    2022 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license


    • Open innovation
    • Innovation metrics
    • Fuzzy logic
    • Rule based system
    • Fuzzy inference system
    • Uncertainty


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