(A) (TN)


Karim R. Lakhani. 2011. (A) (TN). Harvard Business School Teaching Notes. Harvard Business School. Publisher's Version


Teaching Note for HBS Case 608-170, a firm connecting R&D labs of large organizations to diverse external solvers through innovation contests, has to decide if it will enable collaboration in its community. Case covers the basics of a distributed innovation system works and the advantages of having external R&D. Links how concepts of open source are applied to a non-software setting. Describes the rationale for participation by solvers in innovation contests and the benefits that accrue to firms. Raises the issue if a community can be shifted to collaboration when competition was the basis of prior interaction.

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