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

18 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2007  

Karim R. Lakhani

Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group; Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science; Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Jill A. Panetta

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

Distributed innovation systems are an approach to organizing for innovation that seems to meet the challenge of accessing knowledge that resides outside the boundaries of any one organization. We provide an overview of distributed innovation systems that are achieving success in three different industries. We explore why people participate, the organizing principles of production, and the implications for intellectual property policy. Finally, the potential extensions and limitations of this alternative model of innovation are considered.

Keywords: distributed innovation, intellectual property policy, principles

Suggested Citation

Lakhani, Karim R. and Panetta, Jill A., 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. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1021034

Karim R. Lakhani (Contact Author)

Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group ( email )

Boston, MA 02163
United States
617-495-6741 (Phone)

Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science ( email )

1737 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Jill A. Panetta

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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