Complex and Open Innovation for Networked Society (COINS)

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Complex and Open Innovation for Networked Society (COINS) is a European Industrial Doctorate network that creates a sustainable platform for researchers to engage in collaborative production of knowledge by investigating challenges for managing processes of complex and open innovation created by advances in digital technology. 

It is based on strategic partnership between University of Leeds and Ericsson AB. The network's researchers study development of innovation capabilities required for organisations of different types to effectively respond to institutional, social and technological complexity in innovation ecosystems.

Project overview

Pervasive digital technologies, which integrate deeply into the core of products and services, radically change the nature of how innovation processes are organised and how organisations are strategically managed. Innovation is becoming increasingly open as organisations search for relevant knowledge generated outside their borders. This increases innovation complexity, as collaboration is required among diverse constituencies, such as academia, industry, government and citizens.

This complexity is further compounded with the ability of digital technology to create innovative solutions that blur the boundaries between established industrial sectors and produce products and services that bring previously separate user experiences together.

Marie Curie Fellowship researchers

Five Marie Curie Fellowship researchers, accompanied by an experienced, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral group of supervisors, have joined the University of Leeds to study the development of innovation capabilities required for organisations of different types to effectively respond to institutional, social and technological complexity in innovation ecosystems. 

Dave Larkin

Research: Institutional dynamics concerning emerging technologies within complex ecosystems

Charlotte Krumlinde

Research: Innovation management

Anna Plotnikova

Research: Innovation management

Fathiro Putra

Research: Innovation strategy, paradox management, open innovation

Adam Uhrdin

Research: How incumbent organisations develop new capacities to combine product and service innovation in order to respond to disruptive, digital technology advances