June 30, 2011

CFP: Participatory Innovation in a land down under

The inaugural Participatory Innovation Conference was held January 2011 at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in Sønderborg, hosted by the SDU strategic research center SPIRE. A write-up of the first conference was published in early June at InnovationManagement.se.

What is “participatory innovation”? In their article, Henry Larsen and Marcel Bogers wrote:
Participatory innovation focuses on involving users as co-designers in processes of innovation. It draws on knowledge in a wide range of disciplines, such as participatory design, design anthropology, conversational analysis, innovation management, and organization theory. While it also relates to the theories and practices of user-driven innovation – as exemplified by the work of Eric von Hippel – and open innovation – as proposed by Henry Chesbrough – it distinguishes itself by its focus on innovation as being socially shaped.
As with any new conference, there was learning by doing: the first conference was held in Denmark in the winter, but the second one will be held in January 2012 in Melbourne, where it will be summer.

Here is the call for papers from the PIN-C 2012 conference website, written in some strange dialect that passes for English down under:
Participatory Innovation Conference 2012

Swinburne University Faculty of Design in collaboration with SPIRE, University of Southern Denmark is proud to host the Participatory Innovation Conference 2012.

This is a forum where participants from different disciplines and organisations can meet and challenge each other to develop the field of participatory innovation.

It will be held in Melbourne Australia from 12-14 January 2012.

The conference presents an exciting programme of five tracks: Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Innovation; Evolving Design Anthropology; Making Design and Analysing Interaction; Organising Participatory Innovation; and Designing Innovative Business Models.

Abstracts and intents to participate: 5 August 2011
Notice of Acceptance: 5 September 2011
Full papers: 14 October 2011
Final submissions: 18 November 2011
As with the 1st conference, the intention is to have a multi-disciplinary approach, with research from design, innovation management and business. The organisers also hope to maintain the interactions between speakers and the audience — as well as academics and practitioners — that characterised the first conference.

June 29, 2011

Oui! We're coming to Vienna

The opening of #OUI2011 is less than a week away. The 9th International Open and User Innovation Workshop is sponsored by the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien).

The first social event will be Sunday evening, and the program runs from Monday morning until lunchtime Wednesday. Seven keynote (plenary) talks are planned:
  1. Eric von Hippel – User Innovation: The Big Picture
  2. Carliss Baldwin – Open and User Innovation in Business Ecosystems
  3. Dietmar Harhoff – User Communities
  4. Karim Lakhani – Crowdsourcing
  5. Christian Lüthje – Lead User Research
  6. Sonali Shah – User Entrepreneurship
  7. Nikolaus Franke – Toolkits for User Innovation and Design
I will be chairing the roundtable (interactive paper) session on open innovation Monday afternoon, and presenting a paper co-authored with Marcel Bogers in the open innovation paper session Wednesday morning.

It will be odd spending 4th of July in a foreign country (only the 2nd time I’ve ever done so), but I’m looking forward to seeing all my colleagues. Hopefully I’ll be over my jet lag and adjusted to Central European Time by then.

June 3, 2011

OI, crowdsourcing and Industry Studies

Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of BusinessAt #IndustryStudies2011, Natalia Levina of NYU and I hosted a session Thursday entitled “Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing.” My talk was the open innovation, while the others provided empirical data about crowdsourcing.

I gave the Industry Studies Conference audience the Chesbrough (2006) and other definitions of open innovation, while (thanks to Natalia) I used the Howe (2006) definition of crowdsourcing. After summarizing an in-progress paper co-authored with Marcel Bogers, I transitioned to crowdsourcing by summarizing the archetypes Natalia presented last year at AOM.

Jan Marco Leimeister presented his study of crowd-sourced innovations in SAPiens. He presented his study of various instruments for evaluating the quality of crowdsourced ideas, ruling out the simplest approaches (thumbs up) and most complex approaches, in favor of a typology based on the work of Teresa Amabile. (His findings were immediately adopted by SAP).

Next up, Nikolay Archak of NYU talked about his life with TopCoder — first as a top coder, and now as a Ph.D. student studying the website and its contests. Although I’ve heard Nikolay talk about TopCoder before, one thing I didn’t know was that the site originally started as an online community — with the contests as a way to evaluate community members — and it was only later that firms began to use it to produce real software.

How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies InnovateFinally, Natalia summarized her own work on what she terms “open innovation intermediaries,” and specifically her study of InnoCentive with various co-authors (including Anne-Laure Fayard and Karim Lakhani). After noting a theoretical debt to the work of Andrew Hargadon and his book How Breakthroughs Happen, she noted that the intermediaries offer a relatively low cost solution (compared to professional consultants) for firms facing an unsolved problem.

Natalia also noted that InnoCentive is moving beyond merely running contests to wrapping the contests with consulting services. This seems like a natural progression — ala IBM’s move from mainframes to IBM Global Services — and one that someone should have come up with years ago.