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Opening up for Open Innovation: Unveiling the cognitive characteristics of individuals

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Open innovation (OI) starts with mental representations of ‘being open’. The tendency towards being open is
rooted in how and why individual processes external information –this information in OI is beset with uncertainties – be laden with situations characterising emotional and psychological stress. Psychological stress is costly – economically and socially with implications for individual and organisational well-being.

Current research on coping strategies in OI argues that interactions and exchanges in OI are socially constructed, however limited knowledge exists on how and why the social influences affect individual’s cognitive processes in this context. To this end, research is needed to explore the cognitive characteristics of individuals in OI. Such an understanding can inform recruitment, engagement and environmental conditions conducive to OI objectives.

More specifically, research aimed at addressing the following questions remains providential:

Does being open to external knowledge hurt? – a neurocognitive approach could shed light on the effects of
openness on brain functions related to psychological stress.

Does self-presentation tendency affect external information search and acceptance? – an experimentation
approach could unveil how and why individuals engage in socially motivated cognitive renewal processes.

How do false memories affect the ‘being open’ psychological state of individuals in OI? – a mixed method approach could investigate the relationship between false memories and subsequent choices in OI.

C. Proposed Postgraduate Research Programme

School: School of Management
Program name: PhD (Management)/Master of Business (Management)
Course code: DR204/MR204
Enabling Capability Platform (ECP) Alignment : Global Business Innovation

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