Competition-Based Innovation: The Case of the X Prize Foundation
Journal of Organization Design, Vol. 3, No. 3, p. 46-52
7 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2015
Date Written: October 20, 2014
The use of competition-based processes for the development of innovations is increasing. In parallel with the increasing use of competition-based innovation in business firms, this model of innovation is successfully being used by non-profit organizations for advancing the development of science and technology. One such non-profit organization is the X Prize Foundation, which designs and manages innovation competitions to encourage scientific and technological development. The objective of this article is to analyze the X Prize Foundation and three of the competitions it has organized in order to identify the challenges of competition-based innovation and how to overcome them.
Keywords: Radical innovation, breakthrough innovation, competition-based innovation, innovation competition, modularity, X Prize Foundation
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