Category Archives: Crowdsourcing

A map of open innovation practices

A problem that I see with the current literature on open innovation is that while focusing predominantly on theoretical aspects of the concept (value proposition, strategic alignments, governance and management, human capital and culture), it pays little attention to the … Continue reading

Posted in Crowdsourcing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t confuse crowdsourcing with brainstorming

I try to follow what academic researchers have to say about crowdsourcing. As a crowdsourcing practitioner, I welcome the clarity, holistic approach and intellectual vigor that academic research brings to the table. But not always. Take, for example, a recent … Continue reading

Posted in Crowdsourcing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

What can crowds do?

Since the publication, in 2004, of James Surowiecki’s highly influential book, “The Wisdom of Crowds,” the idea that large groups of people are smarter than a few individuals, however brilliant, has been gradually gaining prominence in academic circles, business communities … Continue reading

Posted in Crowdsourcing, Innovation, Startups | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When many experts are too many

In my earlier posts (here and here), I argued that when facing a complex technical or business problem the majority of organizations have a natural inclination to begin the problem-solving process with engaging experts, either internal (employees) or external (consultants). … Continue reading

Posted in Crowdsourcing | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crowdsourcing: adding more diversity to your innovation process

I think that today only a very stubborn few would deny a positive role that diversity plays in the marketplace. Studies abound pointing to better performance of companies promoting diversity in their ranks. For example, a 2015 McKinsey report on … Continue reading

Posted in Crowdsourcing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Should we blame crowdsourcing for Quirky’s downfall?

In December 2015 issue of Harvard Business Review, Sebastian Fixson and Tucker Marion attempted to figure out what went wrong with Quirky, a collaborative-invention platform that connects creative individuals with consumer product companies. Launched in 2009 and hailed as a … Continue reading

Posted in Crowdsourcing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Matching crowdsourcing to specific stages of business model innovation

(The original version of this piece was posted to the Qmarkets blog) I like to argue (for example, here) that one of the major reasons crowdsourcing has not yet become a mainstream innovation tool is a paralyzing uncertainty over the question … Continue reading

Posted in Crowdsourcing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment