Monday, September 7, 2009

Samsung is Committed to Open Innovation

I just read in Korea's Electronics Newspaper ( an article which proclaimed in its headline that "Samsung is Committed to Open Innovation."  Many of the actions taken by Samsung Electronics in recent years support that proposition, including its strong involvement in the Open Handset Alliance, and its vigorous support of basic research that will influence future electronics and telecommunications.
I have only one suggestion to add for Samsung Electronics---that it increase efforts to encourage open innovation in the Korean market.  True open innovation needs to display openness in the following ways:

  • Linguistically--hardware, software and content need to be made available simultaneously in all of the world's major languages.
  • Geographically--innovations should be introduced broadly and globally, in tune with the global nature of innovation and the information society.   E.g. Samsung's introduction of its Android phone only in Europe deprives Korean consumers and those in other countries of access to the innovation.
  • Innovation in content--Google is the undisputed world leader in terms of organizing the world's information and making it accessible.  Why should Samsung not partner in a deep, long-term way with Google?

1 comment:

  1. if Samsung is persisting its way of business, a manufacturer, it would not have much need for "real" open innovation. I am pretty sure that this action of "Samsung's open innovation" is just cover-up of common outsourcing concept into fancy word.