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Generating Creative Ideas Through Crowds: An Experimental Study of Combination


Lixiu Lisa Yu


Carnegie Mellon University

Jeffrey V. Nickerson


Stevens Institute of Technology - Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management

2011

Thirty Second International Conference on Information Systems, 2011

Abstract:     
The crowd is emerging as a new source of innovation, and here a new way of organizing the crowd to produce new ideas is discussed: an idea generation system using combination in which participants synthesize new designs from the efforts of their peers. A crowd generates designs; then another crowd combines the designs of the previous crowd. In an experiment with 540 participants, the combined designs are compared to the initial designs, and to a control condition in which fresh idea generation rather than combination is used. The results show that designs become more creative in later generations of the combination system, and the combination produces more creative ideas than the fresh idea generation. The model of crowdsourced idea generation discussed here may be used to instantiate systems that can be applied to a wide range of design problems. The work has pragmatic implications, and also theoretical implications: new forms of coordination are now possible, and, using the crowd, it is possible to build and test existing and emerging theories of coordination and design.

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Keywords: Crowdsourcing, design, combination, creativity, idea generation, innovation

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Yu, Lixiu Lisa and Nickerson, Jeffrey V., Generating Creative Ideas Through Crowds: An Experimental Study of Combination (2011). Thirty Second International Conference on Information Systems, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2039547

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Lixiu Yu (Contact Author)
Carnegie Mellon University ( email )
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
United States
Jeffrey V. Nickerson
Stevens Institute of Technology - Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management ( email )
Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

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