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Open!NEXT – Open and community-based innovation processes

Recent socio-technological evolutions in Europe and around the globe show: hardware 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 open source hardware projects, leading to the development of convincing, high quality hardware innovation. The so-called “maker movement” promoted technological literacy for everyone and produced transformative effects on citizen participation in technological innovation.

This general evolution of open source innovation practices blur 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 hardware and open innovation systems. The team at HIIG is headed by Prof. Dr. Hendrik Send and Dr. Stephan Bohn. We especially investigate how companies implement open source innovation ideas in their open source hardware projects and daily business processes.


Click here for the Open!NEXT website


Laufzeit09/2019 – 08/2022
FördererEU – Horizon 2020

EU Flagge mit Förderungsnummer für das jeweilige Projekt.


Stephan Bohn, Dr.

Senior Researcher & Project Lead: Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Society

Part of the research group

Former employees

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


Toward a new methodological paradigm in transition studies? Recent approaches for analyzing collections of texts by discourse (network) analysis, topic modeling and natural language processing
12th International Sustainability Transitions Conference (IST). Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung, Online, Germany: 05.10.2021 Further information

Christian Binz, Stephan Bohn, Jonas Heiberg, Daniel Hain, Birthe Soppe & Bernhard Truffer

Moderation of workshops and panels

Presentation: Hostile frame takeover. Co-opting the security frame in the German nuclear energy debate
Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM-2021). Academy of Management, Online, USA: 03.08.2021 Further information

Stephan Bohn, Nora Lohmeyer, Harsh Kumar Jha & Juliane Reinecke

Organisation of events

Digital Lunch Talk with Johanna Mair, Alberto Bertello, Thomas Gegenhuber & Stephan Bohn
Open Lunch Talk Series. The potential of Open Innovation to cope with Grand Challenges.. 30.11.2021. Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, Germany (International) Further information

Stephan Bohn, Thomas Schildhauer, Hendrik Send