Towards Open Innovation in Universities: Fostering the Inside-Out-Process Using Ideas Competitions

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Shkodran Zogaj

University of Kassel

Philipp Kipp

University of Kassel

Philipp Ebel

University of Kassel - Information Systems

Ulrich Bretschneider

University of Kassel

J. M. Leimeister

University of St. Gallen; University of Kassel - Information Systems

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

This paper demonstrates how IT-supported ideas competitions can be implemented within universities. In the context of open innovation, ideas competitions are used as a customer integration method serving companies as a profound basis for the leveraging of innovative ideas within innovation development. However, ideas competitions can also foster the inside-out activities of universities by means of encouraging students to develop innovative ideas which build the basis for the foundation of new businesses. By adopting the theoretical account proposed by Malone et al. (2010) as well as related work on ideas competitions, we comprise the various dimensions regarding the consummation of ideas competitions on university level. We then introduce a case study, which highlights the potentials of ideas competitions within university field. The case study shows that intra-university ideas competitions allow universities to stimulate the creativity of their students as well as to enhance inside-out activities.

Keywords: ideas competitions, education contests, open innovation, crowdsourcing, collective intelligence

Suggested Citation

Zogaj, Shkodran and Kipp, Philipp and Ebel, Philipp and Bretschneider, Ulrich and Leimeister, Jan Marco, Towards Open Innovation in Universities: Fostering the Inside-Out-Process Using Ideas Competitions (2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2485241 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2485241

Shkodran Zogaj

University of Kassel ( email )

Fachbereich 05
Nora-Platiel-Straße 1
34109 Kassel, Hessen 34127
Germany

Philipp Kipp

University of Kassel ( email )

Fachbereich 05
Nora-Platiel-Straße 1
34109 Kassel, Hessen 34127
Germany

Philipp Ebel

University of Kassel - Information Systems ( email )

Nora-Platiel 4
Kassel, 34127
Germany

Ulrich Bretschneider

University of Kassel ( email )

Fachbereich 05
Nora-Platiel-Straße 1
34109 Kassel, Hessen 34127
Germany

Jan Marco Leimeister (Contact Author)

University of St. Gallen ( email )

Varnbuelstr. 14
Saint Gallen, St. Gallen CH-9000
Switzerland

University of Kassel - Information Systems ( email )

Nora-Platiel 4
Kassel, 34127
Germany

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