Expert Judgement Survey on Open Innovation in SMEs

Dear innovation expert,

Within the European Project INSPIRE1 ( we are seeking to assist small and medium-sized companies (SMEs)2 in organizing and effectively managing open innovation3. Our aim has been to study open innovation practices in SMEs, and to this end, we have collected and analysed 120 cases of open innovation in SMEs across Europe. With this survey, we aim to validate the results of these case studies by collecting feedback from the top European innovation experts. The results of the experts’ validation will serve as a key input to the development of an open innovation toolbox, targeting SMEs, which will include tools and methodologies to implement effective usage of external and internal knowledge as well as strategic collaborations for innovation.
You have been contacted as an expert in SME innovation. We would greatly appreciate you sharing your experience on open innovation in SMEs. Your answers will remain anonymous and you will receive a report on the survey results, if you are interested. Apart from helping us to build up a thorough picture of open innovation in SMEs, your participation will give you unlimited access to our Integrated Toolbox that will be developed as an outcome of INSPIRE project and will include management support modules, training material and guidelines to support the usage of the tools.

The survey will not take more than 15 minutes. Your opinion is extremely valuable to us and to SMEs and it will inform our recommendations to the European Commission about the support of Open Innovation in SMEs.

Thank you very much for your time and insights!
Yours sincerely,
The INSPIRE Consortium

[1] INSPIRE is a European Coordination and Support Action, which aims to professionalize Open Innovation (OI) processes within Europe’s SMEs. INSPIRE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691440 – INSPIRE. For more information please visit:
[2] micro (<10 employees), small (< 50 employees) and medium-sized (<250 employees) companies (see )
[3] The Open Innovation concept was introduced by Henry Chesbrough in 2003 and it implies a “distributed innovation process based on purposively managed knowledge flows across organizational boundaries, using pecuniary and non-pecuniary mechanisms in line with each organization’s business model” (Chesbrough and Bogers, 2014, p. 27).
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