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Houston We Have A Problem: NASA and Open Innovation (A)
Jeff Davis, director of Space Life Sciences Directorate (SLSD) at NASA, has been working for several years to raise awareness amongst scientists and researchers in his organizations of the benefits of open innovation as a successful and efficient way to collaborate on difficult research problems regarding health and space travel. Despite a number of initiatives, SLSD members have been skeptical about incorporating the approach into their day-to-day research and work and have resisted Davis's and his strategy team's efforts. The (A) case outlines these efforts and the organization members' reactions.