Theodorakopoulos, N., Figueira, C., Kakabadse, N. K. and Kakabadse, A. P. (2012) Dynamic learning as entrepreneurial action in the context of open innovation: an instrumental case from a communities-of-practice perspective. In: Rahman, H. and Ramos, I. (eds.) SMEs and Open Innovation: Global Cases and Initiatives. Hershey PA, USA: IGI Global. pp. 199-223.
Theodorakopoulos, N., Figueira, C., Kakabadse, N. K. and Kakabadse, A. P.
Recent scholarly discussion on open innovation put forward the notion that an organisation’s ability to internalise external knowledge and learn from various sources in undertaking new product development is crucial to its competitive performance. Nevertheless, little attention has been paid to how growth-oriented small firms identify and exploit entrepreneurial opportunities (i.e. take entrepreneurial action) related to such development, in an open innovation context, from a social learning perspective. This chapter, based on an instrumental case-firm, demonstrates analytically how learning as entrepreneurial action takes place, drawing on situated learning theory. It is argued that such learning is dynamic in nature and is founded on specific organising principles that foster both inter- and intracommunal learning.