Open Innovation and Knowledge Sharing - Towards a sustainable offshore aquaculture
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This thesis explores knowledge sharing, open innovation, and skilled relatedness between two industries, the emerging offshore aquaculture industry, and the oil and gas industry. This research placed a significant emphasis on comparing these two industries using the theories presented in chapter two. To gather data for this thesis, a qualitative research method was utilized, which includes semi-structured interviews, a questionnaire, and a literature study. The desire for sustainable development is a powerful motivator for consumer and company behavior, not to mention government mandates. According to the UN, the world´s food output must quadruple by 2050 to feed a rising population. The sea must provide a significant portion of the increasing food output. Aquaculture has been singled out as essential to enhancing the world´s food output. Offshore aquaculture is an innovative method of fish production. Although this method has been researched for a while, we have never been as close to a functioning aquaculture operation at sea as we are now. Compared to the initial fish farming on land or near the shore, offshore aquaculture has presented additional difficulties. The physical environment will be different for offshore aquaculture compared to inshore aquaculture. Despite the distinct physical and climatic circumstances, many of the biological obstacles of offshore aquaculture will still be similar to those of traditional coastal fish farming, including today’s well-known problems like lice, illness, and fish welfare. Offshore aquaculture developers were obliged to change their approach due to these challenges. Knowledge sharing, skilled relatedness, open innovation and spillovers from the oil and gas industry might all be advantageous for the growing offshore aquaculture industry.