July 14, 2013

52 hours of Open and User Innovation

I’m now in Brighton, the 19th century English seaside resort, awaiting the start of the 11th Open and User Innovation Workshop, which starts Monday morning 9 a.m. at the University of Brighton. While I’m not excited about jet lag (or the drunken Englishmen who party outside my beach-area hotel), I am excited to be attending what I consider the premiere venue for discussing innovation beyond the firm.

Since starting in 2008, this will be my sixth consecutive OUI (née UOI) conference, and nowadays I attend this conference in preference to the much larger (and less focused) Academy of Management, which I typically attend in alternate years. As in most years (and most conferences), when attending sessions I’m torn between hearing friends, learning something new, and monitoring related work upstream (which I might cite), downstream (which cites me), and directly competing.

According to my analysis of the program, there are 98 papers in 20 sessions across 2 1/2 days. 12 of these are in 3 sessions titled "open innovation,” while “firms and users” (From a UI perspective) account for another 16 papers across 3 sessions.

I won’t be presenting in any of those, but instead in one of 3 sessions (15 papers) related to crowdsourcing (not counting an additional 6 papers in a 4th session on crowdfunding. (My paper with Frank Piller bridges user innovation, open innovation and co-creation in developing a model for firm and user collaboration).

As noted, I’d like to monitor topics that I’m actively researching, particularly two papers first presented last year at OUI 2012. One topic is health innovation, which has 7 papers in a session directly competing with the West-Piller paper on Tuesday. The other is community — both a topic from last year and something I’ve researched for almost a decade — which is indirectly represented by 4 papers on open source and 5 papers on community motivation.

Of course, the major topics of user innovation (including lead users and toolkits) are still represented. What’s disappointing is a decline in user entrepreneurship (only 2 papers) which I hope does not represent a broader decline of interest in the topic.

Topic # Papers Day
Crowdfunding 6 Monday
Crowdsourcing I 6 Tuesday
Crowdsourcing II 4 Wednesday
Entrepreneurship 2 Wednesday
Firms and User Innovation I 6 Monday
Firms and Users II 5 Tuesday
Firms and Users III 5 Wednesday
Health Innovation 7 Tuesday
Law and Policy 4 Wednesday
Lead Users 6 Wednesday
Motivation (Community) 5 Wednesday
Motivation (Crowdsourcing) 5 Tuesday
Open Innovation I 5 Monday
Open Innovation II 4 Tuesday
Open Innovation III 3 Wednesday
Open Source 4 Monday
Surveys 4 Monday
Toolkits 3 Wednesday
User Innovation I 6 Monday
User Innovation II 8 Tuesday

Hope to see many of you tomorrow…

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