Supplement | HBS Case Collection | May 2014 (Revised November 2014)

Houston We Have A Solution: NASA and Open Innovation (B)

by Michael Tushman, Hila Lifshitz-Assaf and Kerry Herman

Abstract

Jeff Davis, director of Space Life Sciences Directorate 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. The (B) case details what Davis and the SLSD strategy team learned, and how they adapted their efforts to successfully incorporate open innovation as one of many tools used in collaborative research at NASA.

Keywords: Technology; Aerospace Industry;

Citation:

Tushman, Michael, Hila Lifshitz-Assaf, and Kerry Herman. "Houston We Have A Solution: NASA and Open Innovation (B)." Harvard Business School Supplement 414-057, May 2014. (Revised November 2014.)