Heterogeneous Submission Behavior and its Implications for Success in Innovation Contests with Public Submissions

Production & Operations Management, Forthcoming

35 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2011 Last revised: 9 Mar 2018

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Jesse Bockstedt

University of Arizona - Department of Management Information Systems

Cheryl Druehl

George Mason University - Department of Information Systems and Operations Management

Anant Mishra

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management

Date Written: December 1, 2016

Abstract

Innovation contests are increasingly adopting a format where submissions are viewable by all contestants and the information structure changes during the contest. In such an “unblind” format, contestants must weigh the costs of revealing their submissions against the benefits of improving their submissions through emerging information. We take a closer look at how contestants solve problems in innovation contests with public submission of solutions—i.e., unblind contests, by examining the implications of their submission behavior for contest outcomes. We analyze the submission behavior in terms of three dimensions: the position of first submission by the contestant, the number of submissions the contestant makes, and the length of active participation by the contestant. The econometric analysis of a large dataset of unblind innovation contests and participating contestants indicates that, despite the potential for free riding and intellectual property loss from disclosure of submissions, contestants who have a lower position of first submission are more likely to succeed in the contest. Further, we find some evidence of a curvilinear relationship between a contestant’s number of submissions and her likelihood of success, indicating a potential “quality-quantity” tradeoff in unblind innovation contests. Finally, our findings indicate that increasing the length of participation in a contest has a positive effect on a contestant’s likelihood of success. Departing from prior studies on innovation contests, where a contestant’s success is assumed to be a function of her prior experience and problem-solving skills, our study provides new empirical evidence that, in innovation contests with public submissions, the submission behavior of a contestant also plays an explanatory role in a contestant’s success.

Keywords: Innovation Contests, Unblind Contests, Public Submissions, Tournaments, Crowdsourcing

Suggested Citation

Bockstedt, Jesse and Druehl, Cheryl and Mishra, Anant, Heterogeneous Submission Behavior and its Implications for Success in Innovation Contests with Public Submissions (December 1, 2016). Production & Operations Management, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1961244 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1961244

Jesse Bockstedt (Contact Author)

University of Arizona - Department of Management Information Systems ( email )

AZ
United States

Cheryl Druehl

George Mason University - Department of Information Systems and Operations Management ( email )

4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

Anant Mishra

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management ( email )

19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

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