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By Christina Raasch and Eric von Hippel
What motivates volunteers to take part in innovation projects?
Jay Rao and Joseph Weintraub
The article includes a survey designed to enable managers to assess a company’s innovation culture.
By Andrew King and Karim R. Lakhani
Which parts of your innovation processes should you open up to the wider world?
October 10, 2013 | Leslie Brokaw
Contests can be big motivators for getting people to bring all their creativity to the table. The Oil Cleanup X Challenge, for instance, shows how an organization can generate new solutions to a known problem. Companies vied for a $1.4 million prize in 2011 to come up with a product to recover oil from the surface of the sea. The winner, Elastec/American Marine, is now preparing to bring its winning design to market.
“Innovation competitions represent a high-leverage tool that taps into powerful motivations to draw out disproportionate efforts from a wide variety of participants,” the authors write.
“Morale was very high,” CEO Donnie Wilson told Inc.com. “We asked a lot of people to get up early and stay late and work weekends — but it was still easy to motivate people to be involved.”
Figuring out the best ways to collaborate is a challenge for even the most savvy of R&D organizations. These articles examine how companies are thinking about new ways to find new ideas.
Marla M. Capozzi et al.
The art of collaboration is one that many research and development organizations have yet to master.
Markus Perkmann and Ammon Salter
Companies can improve collaborations with universities by giving more thought to relationship structure.
Tucker Marion et al.
Using digital design in product development has potential downsides as well as advantages.
Jason P. Davis
Companies that synchronize new product development efforts can see substantial benefits.
Eric von Hippel (MIT Sloan School of Management), interviewed by Martha E. Mangelsdorf
According to von Hippel, users are often the first source of new products.
Martha E. Mangelsdorf
In an interesting book, two Wharton professors analyze the innovation process.