Case | HBS Case Collection | June 2013 (Revised March 2015)

Open Innovation at Siemens

by Karim R. Lakhani, Katja Hutter, Stephanie Healy Pokrywa and Johann Fuller


The case describes Siemens, a worldwide innovator in the Energy, Healthcare, Industry, and Infrastructure & Cities sectors, and its efforts to develop and commercialize new R&D through open innovation, including internal and external crowdsourcing contests. Emphasis is placed on exploring actual open innovation initiatives within Siemens and their outcomes. These include creating internal social- and knowledge-sharing networks and utilzing third party platforms to host internal and external contests. Industries discussed include energy, green technology, infrastructure and cities, and sustainability. In addition, the importance of fostering a collaborative online environment and protecting intellectual property is explored.

Keywords: innovation; innovation management; crowdsourcing; information technology; Research and Development; Innovation Strategy; Innovation and Management; Knowledge Management; Knowledge Sharing; Research and Development; Energy Industry; Health Industry; Green Technology Industry; Manufacturing Industry;


Lakhani, Karim R., Katja Hutter, Stephanie Healy Pokrywa, and Johann Fuller. "Open Innovation at Siemens." Harvard Business School Case 613-100, June 2013. (Revised March 2015.)