Karim R. Lakhani

Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group

Professor of Business Administration

Boston, MA 02163

United States

Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science

Faculty Affiliate

1737 Cambridge St.

Cambridge, MA 02138

United States

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Faculty Associate

Harvard Law School

23 Everett, 2nd Floor

Cambridge, MA 02138

United States

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SCHOLARLY PAPERS

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Scholarly Papers (26)

1.

Why Hackers Do What They Do: Understanding Motivation and Effort in Free/Open Source Software Projects

MIT Sloan Working Paper No. 4425-03
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 15 Sep 2003
Karim R. Lakhani and Robert G. Wolf
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and The Boston Consulting Group
Downloads 5,111 (759)
Citation 89

Abstract:

open source, software development

2.

The Principles of Distributed Innovation

Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization Summer, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2007, The Berkman Center for Internet and Society Research Paper No. 2007-7
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 15 Oct 2007
Karim R. Lakhani and Jill A. Panetta
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and affiliation not provided to SSRN
Downloads 1,819 (4,790)
Citation 7

Abstract:

distributed innovation, intellectual property policy, principles

3.

Open Innovation and Organizational Boundaries: The Impact of Task Decomposition and Knowledge Distribution on the Locus of Innovation

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 12-57, Harvard Business School Organizational Behavior Unit Working Paper No. 12-057
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 08 Jan 2012 Last Revised: 12 Jun 2014
Karim R. Lakhani, Hila Lifshitz-Assaf and Michael Tushman
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group, New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business and Harvard University - Organizational Behavior Unit
Downloads 1,094 (8,277)

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4.

Open Innovation and Organization Design

Journal of Organization Design, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2012
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 01 Dec 2012 Last Revised: 14 Jan 2015
Michael Tushman, Karim R. Lakhani and Hila Lifshitz-Assaf
Harvard University - Organizational Behavior Unit, Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Downloads 1,049 (8,727)

Abstract:

Organization design, Open innovation

5.

Looking Across and Looking Beyond the Knowledge Frontier: Intellectual Distance and Resource Allocation in Science

Number of pages: 40 Posted: 12 Aug 2014 Last Revised: 25 Mar 2016
Kevin Boudreau, Eva Guinan, Karim R. Lakhani and Christoph Riedl
Harvard University - Institute for Quantitative Social ScienceNortheastern University - Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Dept. of Economics; College of Computer & Information Sciences, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and Northeastern University - D’Amore-McKim School of Business
Downloads 938 (12,004)

Abstract:

knowledge, innovation, novelty, evaluation, resource allocation

6.

How Open Source Software Works: 'Free' User-to-User Assistance?

MIT Sloan Working Paper No. 4117-00
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 19 Nov 2001
Eric A. von Hippel and Karim R. Lakhani
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 874 (18,331)
Citation 97

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7.

Performance Responses To Competition Across Skill-Levels In Rank Order Tournaments: Field Evidence and Implications For Tournament Design

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 14-014
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 09 Aug 2012 Last Revised: 21 Jul 2016
Kevin Boudreau, Karim R. Lakhani and Michael E. Menietti
Harvard University - Institute for Quantitative Social ScienceNortheastern University - Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Dept. of Economics; College of Computer & Information Sciences, Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and Harvard-NASA Tournament Laboratory
Downloads 612 (29,473)

Abstract:

Tournaments, contests, platforms, innovation

8.

Community, Joining, and Specialization in Open Source Software Innovation: A Case Study

MIT Sloan Working Paper No. 4413-03
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 13 Mar 2003
Georg von Krogh, Sebastian Spaeth and Karim R. Lakhani
ETH Zurich, Universität St. Gallen and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 503 (40,247)
Citation 43

Abstract:

Open Source, Freenet, Innovation, Software Innovation

9.

The Effects of Increasing Competition and Uncertainty on Incentives and Extreme-Value Outcomes in Innovation Contests

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper, Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2008-6
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 18 Jan 2010 Last Revised: 26 Nov 2010
Kevin Boudreau, Nicola Lacetera and Karim R. Lakhani
Harvard University - Institute for Quantitative Social ScienceNortheastern University - Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Dept. of Economics; College of Computer & Information Sciences, University of Toronto - Strategic Management and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 368 (62,346)
Citation 3

Abstract:

innovation contests, competition, innovation, problem-solving, search, complexity, distributed innovation, platforms

10.

Public-Private Partnerships for Organizing and Executing Prize-Based Competitions

Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2012-13
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 13 Jun 2012
Raymond Tong and Karim R. Lakhani
The Boston Consulting Group and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 284 (68,711)

Abstract:

prize, competitions, government, agencies, best practices

11.

'Open' Disclosure of Innovations, Incentives and Follow-on Reuse: Theory on Processes of Cumulative Innovation and a Field Experiment in Computational Biology

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 14-002
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 02 Jul 2013 Last Revised: 07 Aug 2015
Kevin Boudreau and Karim R. Lakhani
Harvard University - Institute for Quantitative Social ScienceNortheastern University - Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Dept. of Economics; College of Computer & Information Sciences and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 220 (85,423)

Abstract:

open innovation, cumulative innovation, incentives, search, disclosure and access

12.

Organizations in the Shadow of Communities

Published in: O'Mahony, Siobhan, and Karim R. Lakhani. "Organizations in the Shadow of Communities." In Communities and Organizations. Vol. 33, edited by Christopher Marquis, Michael Lounsbury, and Royston Greenwood, 3–36. Research in the Sociology of Organizations. Emerald Group Publishing, Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 11-131,
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 28 Jun 2011 Last Revised: 16 Jul 2013
Siobhan O’Mahony and Karim R. Lakhani
Boston University School of Management and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 191 (109,018)

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13.

Innovation Experiments: Researching Technical Advance, Knowledge Production and the Design of Supporting Institutions

Forthcoming in Innovation Policy and the Economy, volume 16, edited by Josh Lerner and Scott Stern. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. , Harvard Business School Strategy Unit Working Paper No. 16-001, Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 16-001
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 03 Jul 2015 Last Revised: 07 Jul 2015
Kevin Boudreau and Karim R. Lakhani
Harvard University - Institute for Quantitative Social ScienceNortheastern University - Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Dept. of Economics; College of Computer & Information Sciences and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 175 (92,574)

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14.

Innovation and the Challenge of Novelty: The Novelty-Confirmation-Transformation Cycle in Software and Science

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 11-096
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 19 Mar 2011
Paul R. Carlile and Karim R. Lakhani
Boston University - Department of Management Information Systems and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 154 (138,130)
Citation 1

Abstract:

innovation, novelty, artifacts, infrastructure, software and science

15.

A Field Experiment on Search Costs and the Formation of Scientific Collaborations

Number of pages: 40 Posted: 25 Aug 2014
Harvard University - Institute for Quantitative Social ScienceNortheastern University - Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Dept. of Economics; College of Computer & Information Sciences, Harvard Medical School, University of Massachusetts at Amherst - College of Social and Behavioral Sciences - Department of Economics, CERGE-EI, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 142 (89,597)

Abstract:

Science, teams, matching, search, self-organising collaborations

16.

Getting Clear About the Role of Communities in Open Innovation

Industry & Innovation, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 223-231, April 2008
Number of pages: 10 Posted: 30 Jan 2011
Joel West and Karim R. Lakhani
KGI - Keck Graduate Institute and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 124 (159,260)
Citation 15

Abstract:

Innovation communities, open source, open innovation, user innovation

17.

The Confederacy of Heterogeneous Software Organizations and Heterogeneous Developers: Field Experimental Evidence on Sorting and Worker Effort

Number of pages: 27 Posted: 28 Jul 2011
Kevin Boudreau and Karim R. Lakhani
Harvard University - Institute for Quantitative Social ScienceNortheastern University - Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Dept. of Economics; College of Computer & Information Sciences and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 73 (225,903)

Abstract:

Organizational heterogeneity, sorting, software

18.

Motivating Effort in Contributing to Public Goods Inside Organizations: Field Experimental Evidence

NBER Working Paper No. w22189
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 25 Apr 2016
Harvard University - Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard Business School, Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and Harvard-NASA Tournament Laboratory
Downloads 0 (500,248)

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19.

OpenIDEO

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Case No. 612-066
Posted: 07 May 2012
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group, New York University (NYU) - NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, New York University and Harvard Business School

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20.

Myelin Repair Foundation: Accelerating Drug Discovery Through Collaboration

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Case No. 610-074
Posted: 12 Apr 2012
Karim R. Lakhani and Paul R. Carlile
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and Boston University - Department of Management Information Systems

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21.

InnoCentive.Com (B)

Harvard Business School General Management Unit Case No. 612-026
Posted: 01 Mar 2012
Karim R. Lakhani and Eric Lonstein
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract:

22.

InnoCentive.Com (C)

Harvard Business School General Management Unit Case No. 612-027
Posted: 01 Mar 2012
Karim R. Lakhani and Eric Lonstein
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and affiliation not provided to SSRN

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23.

TopCoder (A): Developing Software through Crowdsourcing

Harvard Business School General Management Unit Case No. 610-032
Posted: 12 Feb 2012
Karim R. Lakhani, David A. Garvin and Eric Lonstein
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group, Harvard Business School and affiliation not provided to SSRN

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24.

TopCoder (B)

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Case No. 612-044
Posted: 26 Jan 2012
Karim R. Lakhani, Eric Lonstein and Stephanie Healy Pokrywa
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group, affiliation not provided to SSRN and Harvard Business School

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25.

The Trend Toward 'Open' IT in the Public Sector: Motives, Choices, and Outcomes

Number of pages: 30 Posted: 13 Feb 2011 Last Revised: 11 Mar 2016
Joachim Henkel and Karim R. Lakhani
TUM School of Management - Technische Universität München (TUM) and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 0 (182,403)

Abstract:

information technology, public sector, open source software, open standards, open data

26.

SAP AG: Orchestrating the Ecosystem

HBS Case No. 609-069, Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit
Posted: 22 May 2009
Marco Iansiti and Karim R. Lakhani
Harvard Business School and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group

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