How Firms Leverage Crowds and Communities for Open Innovation

Forthcoming in Allan Afuah, Christopher L. Tucci and Gianluigi Viscusi (eds), Creating and Capturing Value through Crowdsourcing

35 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2016

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Joel West

KGI - Keck Graduate Institute

Jonathan Sims

Babson College - Management Division

Date Written: May 16, 2016

Abstract

There are many similarities in how firms pursuing an open innovation strategy can utilize crowds and communities as sources of external innovations. At the same time, the differences between these two network forms of collaboration have previously been blurred or overlooked. In this chapter, we integrate research on crowds and communities, identifying a third form — a crowd-community hybrid — that combines attributes of both. We compare examples of each of these three network forms, such as open source software communities, gated contests, crowdsourcing tournaments, user-generated content and crowd science. We then summarize the intrinsic, extrinsic and structural factors that enable individual and organizational participation in these collaborations. Finally, we contrast how these collaborative forms differ in terms of their degree of innovativeness and relevance to firm goals. From this, we identify opportunities for future research on these topics.

Keywords: Crowds, Crowdsourcing, Communities, Open Innovation, User Innovation, Open Source Software

Suggested Citation

West, Joel and Sims, Jonathan, How Firms Leverage Crowds and Communities for Open Innovation (May 16, 2016). Forthcoming in Allan Afuah, Christopher L. Tucci and Gianluigi Viscusi (eds), Creating and Capturing Value through Crowdsourcing. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2823279

Joel West (Contact Author)

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Jonathan Sims

Babson College - Management Division ( email )

Babson Park, MA 02157
United States

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