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Open Innovation – How can I use the crowd?

Date: February 26, 2016

Lecturer: Associate professor Karim R. Lakhani, Harvard Business School, USA

About the lecture: Innovation has become an urgent imperative for entrepreneurial and established organizations. Over the last decade, in industries as diverse as fashion design, media software, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and automotive, the most cutting edge organizations have started to externalize their innovation process by working actively with communities and sponsoring contests – so called open innovation. At this lecture, Karim Lakhani from Harvard Business School will provide best practice examples and a framework for using communities and contests to solve the most pressing innovation problems.

He is the Principal Investigator of The Crowd Innovation Lab at Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science, which has worked closely with strategic partners at NASA, Harvard Medical School, Scripps Research Institute, various US government agencies and private sector partners. The idea is to solve innovation problems while simultaneously driving social science insights on the optimal organization of crowd-based innovation. Professor Lakhani will also discuss the Lab's experience in working with its strategic partners to drive change in the organization of innovation.

Johann Füller, CEO of Hyve AG and Assistant Professor at the University of Innsbruck, will provide us with a European perspective on the research that Karim Lakhani presents.

Please note that this lecture will be in English!

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