InnoCentive.Com (C)

Posted: 1 Mar 2012

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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

Eric Lonstein

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: August 17, 2011

Abstract

InnoCentive.com enables clients to tap into internal and external solver networks to address various business issues. This case focuses on the outcome of InnoCentive's decision to post challenges related to environmental issues created by the Gulf Oil Spill. It reviews lessons learned from this experience and asks students to consider whether InnoCentive should post challenges in response to the nuclear crises resulting from the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Learning Objective: To discuss the rationale for firms to participate in open innovation with external networks.

Suggested Citation

Lakhani, Karim R. and Lonstein, Eric, InnoCentive.Com (C) (August 17, 2011). Harvard Business School General Management Unit Case No. 612-027. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2014032

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
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Eric Lonstein

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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