Quotation Colombo, Gabriele, Klanner, Ilse-Maria, Roiser, Susanne, Buganza, Tommaso. Forthcoming. WEB-BASED INTERMEDIARIES AND PROBLEM TYPOLOGIES: AN EXPLORATIVE STUDY. International Journal of Innovation Management


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Web-based intermediaries that offer crowdsourcing services represent a new and promising way through which firms can leverage the power of a crowd to sustain their innovation performance. However, limited attention has been devoted thus far to understanding the relationship between the intermediaries architecture, i.e., how they deliver their service, and the innovation problems they are designed to solve. Based on an empirical base of 7 in-depth case studies, two distinct architectures, namely competition and competence searching, will be described in the paper; it will be demonstrated that each type is designed to solve specific classes of innovation problems. The paper presents important implications both for firms and web-based intermediates. On the one hand, firms should collaborate with the web-based intermediary which presents the architecture that best fits the innovation problem to be solved. On the other hand, the web-based intermediaries should be designed in coherence with the problems at hand.

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Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal International Journal of Innovation Management
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title WEB-BASED INTERMEDIARIES AND PROBLEM TYPOLOGIES: AN EXPLORATIVE STUDY
Year 2012

Associations

People
Klanner, Ilse-Maria (Former researcher)
Roiser, Susanne (Former researcher)
External
Buganza, Tommaso (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Colombo, Gabriele (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Organization
Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation IN (Details)
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