Idea Generation and the Role of Feedback: Evidence from Field Experiments with Innovation Tournaments

Published Research

In many innovation settings, ideas are generated over time and managers face a decision about if and how to provide in-process feedback to the idea generators about the quality of submissions. In this article, we use design contests allowing repeated entry to examine the effect of in-process feedback on idea generation.Read More

Ready To Be Open? Explaining the Firm-Level Barriers to Benefiting From Openness to External Knowledge

Published Research

While it is broadly recognized that sourcing external knowledge has a positive impact on firm innovation performance, we know very little about the firm-level conditions under which this relationship holds. Read More

Using an online community for vehicle design: project variety and motivations to participate

Firms increasingly seek to use online communities as sources of ideas, innovations, and designs. However, many such open innovation efforts lack sustained participation and ultimately fail. This research sought to understand motivations to participate in a firm-hosted design community and how the nature of the design task influences sustained participation.Read More

Rewarding the Few or the Many? An Investigation of the Impact of Rewards in Open Innovation Contests

Working Papers

In this study, we examine the impact of financial incentives on participation and quality of submitted ideas in crowd-sourced innovation contests. We compare three commonly used contest designs that vary with respect to the number of winners and how the total reward is distributed.Read More