Track: IS/IT and Open Innovation

Track Co-chairs:

Atreyi KANKANHALLI, National University of Singapore,

Paul Benjamin LOWRY, The University of Hong Kong,

Deng-Neng CHEN, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology,

Description and Topics of Interest:

IS/IT-enabled “open” phenomena, e.g., open source software (OSS), open data, open education, collective intelligence, or crowdsourcing, have emerged as major themes in IS/IT practice and research. Organizations are fast embracing open innovation either through participation/sponsorship of existing open innovation platforms or by developing their own platforms to gather and integrate external ideas/input. For example, OSS and Wikipedia platforms are prominent platforms where individuals interact with one another to innovate and co-produce software code and wiki articles respectively. Although not all interactions on these platforms are successful, several successful stories have attracted the attention and interest of organizations. Additionally, a number of organizations have extended IS/IT-enabled open strategies to other parts of their value chain. For example, many businesses now rely on IS/IT based open approaches for developing and marketing their products, while others leverage the power and wisdom of crowds in the design and delivery of technologies and services, as well as the funding of various business ventures.

The aim of this track is to provide a forum for the most current IS work in this growing and important research domain. We invite theoretical, empirical and applied research papers that significantly contribute to our understanding of IS/IT and open innovation. We welcome and encourage submissions from researchers using diverse methodological and epistemological approaches. Although all aspects of IT-enabled open innovation are of interest, the interplay and relationship between open innovation and IS/IT should be central to the submissions (rather than just providing a background for studies of general business strategy or social behaviour).

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaboration and coordination on open innovation platforms
  • Collective intelligence and collective creativity
  • Crowdsourcing and distributed innovation
  • Open capital (e.g. Crowdfunding, Crowdequity etc.)
  • Open data and open content
  • Open business models and ecosystems
  • Open source software and open hardware
  • Open education, including moocs
  • Open government
  • Governance of open innovation platforms
  • Member participation in open innovation communities
  • Organizational adoption of open innovation
  • Open innovation challenges
  • Assimilating open innovation culture in organizations