14th Annual

Open and User Innovation Conference

August 1-3, 2016

Sponsored by the Digital Initiative and the Technology & Operations Management Unit


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The 14th International Open and User Innovation Conference
August 1-3, 2016
Harvard Business School

The conference schedule is available here and the "14th International Open and User Innovation Conference Book of Abstracts" can be downloaded here.

The online conference program will remain accessible along with any presentations authors have made public and the Book of Abstracts on the OUI Conference page hosted by the HBS Digital Initiative.

For information on upcoming and past OUI Conferences click here.

Next year's conference will be held at the University of Innsbruck from 9-12 July 2017.

Organized by:

Carliss Baldwin (HBS), Karim Lakhani (HBS), Stefan Thomke (HBS) and Eric von Hippel (MIT) 

The 14th International Open and User Innovation Conference will be held from August 1-3, 2016 at the Harvard Business School campus in Boston, USA.

The International Open and User Innovation Conference is the leading academic conference on Open and User Innovation. Around 200 researchers from various disciplines (such as innovation management, strategic management, organization design, marketing, intellectual property right management, entrepreneurship, and public policy) meet annually, in order to exchange recent research findings and plans related to Open and User Innovation.

Attendee Requirements
Admission is open to academics and scholars who are faculty, postdoctoral fellows or students currently enrolled in PhD programs.


2016 OUI Conference Topics & Chairs



Communities: User Innovation and Open Source

Christopher Lettl, Vienna University of Economics & Business
Johann Fuller, Universität Innsbruck

Contests, Crowdsourcing and Open Innovation

Karim Lakhani, Harvard Business School
Frank Piller, RWTH Aachen University
Kevin Boudreau, Harvard Business School


Lars Bo Jeppesen, Copenhagen Business School
Pedro Oliveira, Católica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics

Firm's Interactions with User Innovation

Christina Raasch, TUM School of Management
Joachim Henkel, TUM School of Management

Law, Policy and IP

Katherine Strandburg, New York University School of Law
Andrew Torrance, University of Kansas, School of Law

Toolkits and Problem Solving

Nik Franke, Vienna University of Economics and Business
Georg von Krogh, ETH Zurich
Eric von Hippel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

User Innovation and Diffusion

Dietmar Harhoff, Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition
Jeroen de Jong, Utrecht University School of Economics

User Innovation and Psychology

Ruth Stock Homburg, Technische Universität Darmstadt

User Innovation in Healthcare

Pedro Oliveira, Católica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics
Stephen Flowers, Kent Business School, University of Kent
Eric von Hippel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sharing Economy and Platforms

Christoph Hienerth, Otto Beisheim School of Management

Registration and Costs

The conference is generously supported by the HBS Division of Research and Faculty Development. With this assistance, we can offer conference fees of $225 for faculty and $100 for students and post-doctoral fellows - covering all meeting costs including refreshments, lunches, and dinners during the program.  Please note that all attendees are responsible for both arranging and funding their own travel and lodging.