Tag Archives: Harvard Business Review

Don’t “fiddle” with the crowd — ask it better questions instead

(This post originally appeared on InnovationManagement.se) As the examples of successful use of crowdsourcing to address complex technical, business and social issues grow in numbers, so do the instances of failed crowdsourcing campaigns. To make crowdsourcing a widely recognized idea-generating … Continue reading

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Does crowdsourcing need “rethinking”?

  (This post originally appeared on Edge of Innovation) An article in the latest issue of Harvard Business Review describes a product development study by Reto Hofstetter, Suleiman Aryobsei and Andreas Herrmann (Journal of Product Innovation Management, forthcoming). What caught my … Continue reading

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Bring me problems, then solutions, then problems again…

Innovation managers hate the line “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.” They insist that before any innovation project can begin, a thorough investigation of the underlying problems must take place; collecting solutions can only start when the problems are … Continue reading

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The numbers game

In my previous post, I argued that a popular in the corporate innovation circles belief that ideas are plentiful and cheap (“a dime a dozen”) doesn’t withstand scientific scrutiny. A joint Stanford/MIT research team has presented a wide range of empirical … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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