Community-Based Innovation Contests: Where Competition Meets Cooperation

Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2010

14 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2011

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Angelika Cosima Bullinger

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; University of Pennsylvania - School of Arts & Sciences

Anne-Katrin Neyer

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft - Fraunhofer MOEZ; University of Erlangen-Nuremberg-Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg

Matthias Rass

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg-Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg

Kathrin M. Moeslein

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

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Date Written: 2010

Abstract

While the principle of competition has long been found to be conducive to innovation, community-based innovation contests additionally offer the possibilities of interaction and cooperation among participants. This duality makes innovation contests an interesting field for both academia and practice. However, a surge in practical implementations stands in contrast to a still restricted body of academic knowledge in the field. To close this gap, drawing on a boundary spanning perspective, we examine if and how cooperation in the competitive setting of innovation contests leads to innovativeness. Cooperative orientation of contest participants is explored within a community-based innovation contest run in 2009 at one of the largest universities in Germany. We analyse a complete set of data collected during the contest, data from a follow-up survey among individual participants (n=943), as well as video and audio footage from four focus groups. Findings suggest that a very high as well as a very low degree of cooperative orientation result in a high degree of innovativeness, while a medium degree of cooperative orientation results in a low degree of innovativeness. Additionally, this research extends the concept of boundary spanning by identifying two subtypes: proactive and reactive boundary spanning.

Keywords: creativity, innovation, team

Suggested Citation

Bullinger, Angelika Cosima and Neyer, Anne-Katrin and Rass, Matthias and Moeslein, Kathrin M., Community-Based Innovation Contests: Where Competition Meets Cooperation (2010). Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1766024

Angelika Cosima Bullinger (Contact Author)

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg ( email )

Schloßplatz 4
Nuremberg, DE Bavaria 91054
Germany

University of Pennsylvania - School of Arts & Sciences ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Anne-Katrin Neyer

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft - Fraunhofer MOEZ ( email )

Am Neumarkt 9.19
Leipzig, 04103
Germany

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg-Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg ( email )

Schloßplatz 4
Nuremberg, DE Bavaria 91054
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.wi1.uni-erlangen.de

Matthias Rass

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg-Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg ( email )

Schloßplatz 4
Nürnberg, DE Bavaria 91054
Germany

Kathrin M. Moeslein

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg ( email )

Schloßplatz 4
Nuremberg, DE Bavaria 91054
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.prof-moeslein.de

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management ( email )

Jahnallee 59
Leipzig, 04109
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.clicresearch.de

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