Collaboration and knowledge transfer on digital platforms

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Lehrstuhl für Betriebswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Technologie- und Innovationsmanagement


This master thesis is an empirical study on collaboration and knowledge transfer on open innovation platforms. In this context, it shall be explored how platform design and governance structures affect collaboration and trust among different stakeholders of an innovation ecosystem who mainly collaborate virtually. Drawing on social capital theory, these relations can be explored with regard to further variables that might affect collaboration on digital platforms.
Survey data has already been conducted and is available for performing scale analysis and regression analysis. Essential steps of the scale development and data collection have already been made so that students can focus on the data analysis as well as the evaluation and interpretation.

To write this thesis, basic knowledge on innovation management (i.e. open innovation), independent literature search, and statistical analysis is recommended, or at least the willingness to independently build this expertise. Literature will be suggested to build up methodological skills for the data analysis and for the theoretical background.

Keywords: Crowdsourcing, Open innovation, Digital platforms, Plattform design, Social capital