July 15, 2008

Open innovation and online communities

Last year, there were two tracks on open innovation at the European Academy of Management (EURAM 2007) meeting outside Paris.

One track — “Open Innovation” was run by Europe’s two leading open innovation scholars and their colleagues. I was unable to attend but co-organizer Vareska van de Vrande summarized what happened in the first (and thus far only) outside posting to this blog. They are currently producing a special issue of the International Journal of Technology Management for publication some time next year.

The other track — “Managing Open Innovation through Online Communities” — had more of an open source feel, and in fact there were lots of open source and user innovation researchers in the track. They imported open innovation keynote talks from two Americans, so Karim Lakhani and I each presented our respective thoughts on the theme.

The end result of the second track was an April 2008 special issue of the journal Industry & Innovation, a European innovation journal published at the Copenhagen Business School. The special issue (like the conference track) was organized by Linus Dahlander, Lars Frederiksen and Francesco Rullani, and neither would have happened without their tireless efforts.

Below is the table of contents for the issue:
  • Linus Dahlander, Lars Frederiksen and Francesco Rullani, “Online Communities and Open Innovation: Governance and Symbolic Value Creation,” Industry & Innovation, 15, 12 (April 2008): 115-123. DOI: 10.1080/13662710801970076.

  • Richard N. Langlois and Giampaolo Garzarelli, “Of Hackers and Hairdressers: Modularity and the Organizational Economics of Open-source Collaboration,” Industry & Innovation, 15, 12 (April 2008): 125-143. DOI: 10.1080/13662710801954559.

  • Joel West and Siobhán O’Mahony, “The Role of Participation Architecture in Growing Sponsored Open Source Communities,” Industry & Innovation, 15, 12 (April 2008): 145-168. DOI: 10.1080/13662710801970142.

  • Matthijs Den Besten and Jean-Michel Dalle, “Keep it Simple: A Companion for Simple Wikipedia?” Industry & Innovation, 15, 12 (April 2008): 169-178. DOI: 10.1080/13662710801970126.

  • Eleonora Di Maria and Vladi Finotto, “Communities of Consumption and Made in Italy,” Industry & Innovation, 15, 12 (April 2008): 179-197. DOI: 10.1080/13662710801954583.

  • Stephan Kaiser and Gordon Mller-Seitz, “Leveraging Lead User Knowledge in Software Development—The Case of Weblog Technology,” Industry & Innovation, 15, 12 (April 2008): 199-221. DOI: 10.1080/13662710801954542.

  • Joel West and Karim R. Lakhani, “Getting Clear About Communities in Open Innovation,” Industry & Innovation, 15, 12 (April 2008): 223-231. DOI: 10.1080/13662710802033734.
I was fortunate enough to have two papers in the special issue. One was the paper on communities (mentioned earlier in this blog) in which Karim Lakhani and I built upon the intersection of our two talks: the under-emphasis of community as a construct and level of analysis in open innovation research, and the importance of precision when defining and applying that construct.

The other paper is the one on sponsored open source communities that Siobhán O’Mahony and I have been working on for the past four years. The earlier conference paper has already been well cited, but we think the newer paper is a much more substantial (and useful) examination of the same subject.


Christian said...
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Joel West said...

The off-topic comment has been deleted, but will be addressed in a future posting.

Anonymous said...

the DOI links are not working. thanks for writing this up...

Joel West said...

Dear Mr/Ms Anonymous,

Thanks for catching this. Blogger did something odd to the URLs but they should be fixed now.

Of course, if your employer does not have a subscription to the journal, all you'll get is the abstract. You can instead write to the author: normally any author will be glad to share a PDF of his/her own work.