Summertime in Aachen, Germany. That means fairly volatile weather to say the least, fast switching between blistering hot days and horrific thunderstorms. Blessings of global warming.
Fortunately, there are other, less chameleonic places in the world. One of them, Boston, MA, was the place to be for open and user innovation researchers over the past days, anyways. Here, the leading conference about all aspects of innovating with externals in general and users in particular took place once again: The 12th Open and User Innovation Workshop (OUI) at Harvard Business School.
Ranging from Open Innovation, Open Source and Lead Users to Diffusion, User Innovation in Healthcare and the hot topic of Additive Manufacturing, tracks covered the entire range of modern open / user innovation research. And, as always and just like a big family reunion, the OUI brought together all those brilliant colleagues from universities around the world that one would love to discuss with on a more regular basis. A full list of tracks, topics and presenters can be found here (LINK).
Our group was also honored to contribute and present some of our latest research, including:
Beyond Pricing Decisions: Business Model Innovation in the Two Sided Market of an Open Innovation Intermediary (Andy Zynga, Dirk Lüttgens, Frank T. Piller)
Solve, Buy or Broadcast Search? An Empirical Investigation of R&D Managers‘ Governance Choices for Problem Solving (Christoph Ihl, Dirk Lüttgens)
Opening the Black Box of „Not-Invented-Here“: Attitudes, Decision Biases, and Behavioral Consequences (David Antons, Frank T. Piller)
User driven innovation in electromobility: Applying netnography to identify leading edge users in a high-tech environment (Patrick Pollok, Dirk Lüttgens, Frank T. Piller)
Organizing collaboration: The costs of innovative search (Kathleen Diener, Dirk Lüttgens, Frank T. Piller)
A full list of all presentations and their abstracts can be found here (LINK)
A tweet says more than thousand words. In this sentiment here is a collection of what has been tweeted by various attendants during these three days in Boston, including a lot of pictures that really transport the great atmosphere of this excellent event.
And, last but most certainly not least, we want to say a heartfelt “thank you!” to those who excelled in organizing and hosting the OUI, once more: Carliss Baldwin (HBS), Karim Lakhani (HBS), Stefan Thomke (HBS), Eric von Hippel (MIT), Benjamin Mako Hill (University of Washington) and their entire team. It has been a great time!
More information about the Open User Innovation Workshop 2014 can be obtained from the official website at http://www.hbs.edu/faculty/conferences/2014-oui/Pages/default.aspx
Also see this great blogpost by colleague Joel West for another view on the OUI2014![/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]