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(Revised from original 2008 version)
InnoCentive.com, 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.
Keywords: Collaborative Innovation and Invention;
Open Source Distribution;
Research and Development;
Lakhani, Karim R. "InnoCentive.com (A)." Harvard Business School Case 608-170, October 2009. (Revised from original June 2008 version.)