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Penguins, Camels, and Other Birds of a Feather: Brokerage, Boundary Spanning, and Leadership in Open Innovation Communities


Lee Fleming


Harvard University - Technology & Operations Management Unit

David Waguespack


University of Maryland

April 8, 2005


Abstract:     
What types of human and social capital identify the emergence of leaders of open innovation communities? Consistent with the norms of an engineering culture, we find that future leaders must first make strong technical contributions. Beyond technical contributions, they must then integrate their voluntary communities in order to avoid the ever present danger of forking and balkanization. This is enabled by two correlated but distinct social positions: brokerage, and boundary spanning between technological modules. An inherent lack of trust associated with brokerage positions can be overcome through physical interaction or contributions within technological boundaries. Successful leaders are thus the product of strong technical contribution and a structural position that can bind the community together.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 60

Keywords: open source, brokerage, boundary spanning, leadership

JEL Classification: O31, P32, L31

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Date posted: May 2, 2005  

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Fleming, Lee and Waguespack, David, Penguins, Camels, and Other Birds of a Feather: Brokerage, Boundary Spanning, and Leadership in Open Innovation Communities (April 8, 2005). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=710641 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.710641

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Lee Fleming (Contact Author)
Harvard University - Technology & Operations Management Unit ( email )
Boston, MA 02163
United States
617 495 6613 (Phone)
617 496 5265 (Fax)
David Waguespack
University of Maryland ( email )
College Park, MD 20742
United States
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