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Open!NEXT – Open and community-based innovation processes

Recent socio-technological evolutions in Europe and around the globe show: product innovation is not the exclusive remit of R&D departments anymore. Online and grassroots communities have demonstrated an increased interest and capacity to manage and perform product development activities, leading to the development of convincing, high quality and innovative products. The so-called “maker movement” promoted technological literacy for everyone and produced transformative effects on citizen participation in technological development.

This general evolution of practices blurrier the lines between professionals and laypeople, between R&D and tinkering, and tends to redefine the traditional roles of the producer and the consumer. It also crystallizes in the concept of open-source hardware (OSH) transposing the intellectual property management logic successfully used in Open Source Software (OSS) for 40 years into the realms of physical products.

OPEN!NEXT – a Horizon 2020-research project with international partners

By sharing ideas and knowledge openly on digital platforms, a network of 19 partners in EU-countries, called OPEN!NEXT, will investigate new collaborations between company and consumer to foster the idea of open source and open innovation in the non-software area. The team at HIIG is headed by Prof. Dr. Hendrik Send and Dr. Stephan Bohn. We especially investigate how companies implement open source ideas in their product development and daily business processes.


Click here for the Open!NEXT website


Laufzeit09/2019 – 08/2022
FördererEU – Horizon 2020

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Stephan Bohn, Dr.

Researcher: Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Society

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Journal articles and conference proceedings

Bohn, S., Lohmeyer, N., Kumar, H. Jha and Reinecke, J. (2021). Hostile frame takeover: Co-opting the security frame in the German nuclear energy debate. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, 2021(1), 6. DOI: Publication details

Book contributions and chapters

Bihr, P., Bohn, S., Send, H. (2021). Freie Technologien für die Gesellschaft. In M. Gibson-Kunze, C. Golbeck, A. Halfmann, T.-J. Smith, Die Große Transformation in Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, 36. Berlin: UVG-Verlag. Publication details

Working paper

Neumann, E.K., Send, H., Tech, R.P.G. (2017). Central components of open business models. What makes an open business model open? HIIG Discussion Paper Series. Publication details

Other publications

Bihr, P., Bohn, S. & Send, H. (2021). Free technologies for the whole world to use – why open source hardware is in the public interest. Digital Society Blog, 18.01.2021. Publication details

Dopfer, M., Weitzl, V. (2017). Die Entwicklung von Open Source und die Disruption der Hardware-Industrie. Digital Society Blog. Publication details