African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4088

Full Length Research Paper

The next frontier: Open innovation and prospecting of knowledge in highly complex environments – Towards value creation in high tech Industries

Selma Regina Martins Oliveira
  • Selma Regina Martins Oliveira
  • Programming Computer Modeling and System, University of. Tocantins – Brazil.
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Jorge Lino Alves
  • Jorge Lino Alves
  • INEGI, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto – Portugal.
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  •  Received: 27 January 2014
  •  Accepted: 09 April 2014
  •  Published: 28 April 2014


This article aims to contribute to a policy of innovation management. To do so, it presents the influence practices of open innovation in the prospecting of knowledge for value creation in highly complex environments. The research was conducted in the light of theoretical excerpts and application of a survey to specialists, with knowledge about the investigated object, selected by scientific and technical criteria. The survey was addressed to high tech industries in Brazil. The data were extracted by means of a matrix of judgment in which experts made their judgments about the variables investigated. In order to reduce subjectivity in the results achieved, the following methods were used: multicriterial analysis, artificial neural networks and neurofuzzy technology. The produced results were satisfactory, validating the presented proposal. 
Keywords: Open innovation practices; prospecting of knowledge; high tech industries.