Interest in open innovation has risen dramatically in recent years. However, much of that interest has centred on large-scale enterprises. The focus of this paper is to explore open innovation from an SME perspective and in particular the under-researched perspective of a born global firm. We seek firstly, to explore the viability of open innovation as a start-up strategy for two Irish born global firms within the ICT industry. Secondly, we examine the impact of certain contextual factors on the adoption of particular forms and modes of open innovation.

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