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Innovation Experiments: Researching Technical Advance, Knowledge Production, and the Design of Supporting Institutions

Kevin J. Boudreau, Karim R. Lakhani

Chapter in NBER book Innovation Policy and the Economy, Volume 16 (2016), Josh Lerner and Scott Stern, editors
Conference held April 14, 2015
Published in March 2016 by University of Chicago Press
© 2016 by the National Bureau of Economic Research
in NBER Book Series Innovation Policy and the Economy

This paper discusses several challenges in designing field experiments to better understand how organizational and institutional design shapes innovation outcomes and the production of knowledge. We proceed to describe the field experimental research program carried out by our Crowd Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University to clarify how we have attempted to address these research design challenges. This program has simultaneously solved important practical innovation problems for partner organizations, like NASA and Harvard Medical School, while contributing research advances, particularly in relation to innovation contests and tournaments.

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