Open Innovation in Science


Course Objective

In this final course in the Business and Innovation course series across
the Bachelor SBI program, the challenges involved in 'Open Innovation'
(OI) are the central theme. Classes cover the dominant OI theoretical
insights and crucial aspects of OI based on various pieces of
literature, relevant book chapters
and casework on the subject. Students will gain insight in the
emergence, distribution, application and marketing of scientific
knowledge in a complex network of stakeholders.
Through the case work assignments, teams will learn to apply OI
principles and aim to take on inherent OI challenges in transitions that
are taking place in both the Energy and Life sciences sectors in

Course Content

1. Theories, trends and practice of OI through literature study which
also will be presented and discussed in class.These materials are the
subject of a final written exam.
2. Assignments based on actual cases, including Harvard Cases. In this
course two cases will be presented with the purpose of demonstrating the
dilemma’s and challenges that adoption of open innovation practices
may inevitably lead to. And to subsequently apply the theoretical OI
principles in both cases through executing a team assignment.

Case A: Vertex and the CF Foundation have developed a novel drug. The
R&D trajectory breaks the mold of the fully-integrated pharma approach
to development through aspects like: philanthropy financing of
research, end-user driven innovation, R&D within a heterogeneous
network, appropriation
strategy and patient benefit as the primary driver.

Case B: Alliander, an energy supply and network company drives an
international network of innovator start-ups collectively playing in the
smart-grid space. Also here, the setting provides many examples and
challenges that
test the adoption of OI practices.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, guest lectures, casework and reports. OI in S is fully taught
in English e.g. spoken, written and read. Normally case work teams
consist of 5 - 6 students.

Method of Assessment

The final course grade is composed of one grade on casework per team
(50%) and individual final written exam (50%).
The assignment outputs include a final report per
team per case, where individual group member contribution
is specified by each team. Feedback will be provided on draft reports.
Case assessment are assessed according to a rubric.

Entry Requirements

Natural sciences courses, including Physics and (Bio)Chemistry ( level
100 - 200) as well as basics in Innovation sciences. As needed,
additional pre-reading materials are available for students
who have gaps in business and innovation literature.


Selected chapters from :
- Open Innovation, Researching a New Paradigm. by Henry Chesbrough et
al. (2008)
- Open Innovation Research Management and Practice by Tidd et al (2014)
- Miscellaneous literature for both the case work and the OI
theoretical components.

Target Audience

3 Ba SBI. OI in S is a principal course component of the Minor
Technology Entrepreneurship as well as a part of the broad SBI Minor for
Science students who seek enrollment in the Master SBI. Non SBI Bachelor
students enrolled may be requested to study additional preparatory
literature, preceding execution of the group assignment. This course is
also part of the electives space in the Master Physics and Chemistry
track Science for
Energy and Sustainability.

Additional Information

Should you have any questions about this course and the enrollment
requirements, please send an Email to

Recommended background knowledge

SBI Students taking OIinS, are expected to have completed: ESBI for
SBI1, O&I for SBI2 or similar as well as the Innovation Projects for 2

General Information

Course Code X_430583
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator drs. P. van Hoorn
Examiner drs. P. van Hoorn
Teaching Staff drs. P. van Hoorn
prof. dr. ir. B.A.G. Bossink

Practical Information

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Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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