Open innovation in the performing arts. Examples from contemporary dance and theatre production

Julianna Faludi


Scholarship on open innovation examines the different shades of opening up the innovation process of firms, where the most important feature is sourcing in knowledge. In this paper I examine the implications of adapting open innovation frames to a field where it was not investigated before: performing arts (contemporary dance and theatre). I draw on case studies and demonstrate that open innovation strategies are viable for artistic production. Independent companies purposefully mining out external knowledge in production, and commercializing on the spillovers of their body of knowledge, put themselves on the shelf of firms adopting and adapting to open innovation.


open innovation, cultural production, performing arts, collaborative co-creation, intimacy

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ISSN: 2062-087X

DOI: 10.14267/issn.2062-087X