IRS J. Nils Foege
Wednesday, 4 February 2015, 9.30am, TIM Social Area
Revealing or Concealing: Analyzing Disclosure Patterns of Inventors in Tournament-based Crowdsourcing
In recent years, tournament-based crowdsourcing (TBC) has become an important tool for firms with an open approach to innovation. In TBC, external researchers contribute with technical solutions to problems, which could not have been solved internally. This enables seeking organizations to explore valuable knowledge that was outside their field of expertise so far. On the flipside, solution providers might fear sharing their core knowledge without being compensated adequately. In order to release this tension, it is important to understand the solving behaviors, motivations, and knowledge transfer strategies of solution providers. This project sheds light on disclosure patterns and protection mechanisms applied to maximize winning chances while keeping infringement risks acceptable. In order to do so, I analyze survey data on approximately 1,000 inventors that come from different STEM fields and have participated in TBC.