IRS Sebastian Schäfer
Wednesday, 19 October 2016, noon, TIM Social Area
Essays on Collaborative Innovation: The Case of Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing
Besides its crucial relevance for the rise and fall of organizations, innovation is increasingly recognized as a competitive measure that explains differences in firm success by managers, policy makers, and researchers. Consequently, innovative search, i.e. an organizations effort dedicated to searching for, generating, and adapting innovations, is a top priority in business and research. Innovation and innovative search is hardly an isolated affair any longer. Firms often face innovation challenges so complex and distant from their core competencies that they cannot solve them all by themselves. It is against this backdrop that innovators’ attention has begun to shift towards their broader innovation ecosystems outside the focal firm boundaries. Collaborative innovation, i.e. the search for, sharing of, access to, and mutual exploitation of innovation-relevant resources, knowledge, and information with external partners, promises to bring forth new knowledge, solutions, and ideas that aid problem solving and enhance firms’ innovative performance. This dissertation examines open innovation and crowdsourcing as two valuable frameworks to study collaborative innovation in greater detail.