This study briefly introduces the National Open Innovation System (NOIS) paradigm, which enables open innovation and online social network (OSN) approaches integration to a National Innovation Systems (NIS) and higher education. With the help of interpretive field research methodology, we present our initial findings regarding the implementation of NOIS as a part of Finnish NIS and especially higher education. Finland is one of the leading nations regarding innovation and educational systems and therefore it could be regarded as an extreme case. This study is building a strong knowledge foundation which helps us to better understand the main obstacles and challenges of this implementation process. It is suggested that the biggest implementation challenges are the recruitment of human resources and the ability to change the higher education organizations current practices.
Reference: Santonen, T., (2009), Creating the Foundations for Mass Innovation: Implementing National Open Innovation System (NOIS) as a Part of Higher Education, In Huizingh K.R.E., Conn S., Torkkeli M. and I. Bitran (eds). Proc. of the 2st ISPIM Innovation Symposium – Stimulating Recovery: The Role of Innovation Management, New York City, USA, 6-9 December 2009. ISBN 978-952-214-864-3.