Karim R. Lakhani

Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group

Professor of Business Administration

Boston, MA 02163

United States

Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science

Faculty Affiliate

1737 Cambridge St.

Cambridge, MA 02138

United States

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Faculty Associate

Harvard Law School

23 Everett, 2nd Floor

Cambridge, MA 02138

United States

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

38

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Scholarly Papers (38)

1.

Why Hackers Do What They Do: Understanding Motivation and Effort in Free/Open Source Software Projects

Number of pages: 28 Posted: 15 Sep 2003
Karim R. Lakhani and Robert G. Wolf
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and The Boston Consulting Group
Downloads 9,355 (724)
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open source, software development

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The Principles of Distributed Innovation

Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization Summer, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2007, The Berkman Center for Internet and Society Research Paper No. 2007-7
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 15 Oct 2007
Karim R. Lakhani and Jill A. Panetta
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and affiliation not provided to SSRN
Downloads 2,434 (7,311)
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distributed innovation, intellectual property policy, principles

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Open Innovation and Organization Design

Journal of Organization Design, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2012
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 01 Dec 2012 Last Revised: 14 Jan 2015
Harvard University - Organizational Behavior Unit, Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and Harvard University - Business School (HBS)New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Downloads 2,202 (8,573)
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Organization design, Open innovation

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Open Innovation and Organizational Boundaries: The Impact of Task Decomposition and Knowledge Distribution on the Locus of Innovation

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 12-57, Harvard Business School Organizational Behavior Unit Working Paper No. 12-057
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 08 Jan 2012 Last Revised: 12 Jun 2014
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group, Harvard University - Business School (HBS)New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business and Harvard University - Organizational Behavior Unit
Downloads 1,956 (10,414)
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Looking Across and Looking Beyond the Knowledge Frontier: Intellectual Distance and Resource Allocation in Science

Number of pages: 40 Posted: 12 Aug 2014 Last Revised: 25 Mar 2016
Kevin Boudreau, Eva Guinan, Karim R. Lakhani and Christoph Riedl
Northeastern University, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and Northeastern University - D’Amore-McKim School of Business
Downloads 1,660 (13,545)
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knowledge, innovation, novelty, evaluation, resource allocation

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How Open Source Software Works: 'Free' User-to-User Assistance?

Number of pages: 40 Posted: 19 Nov 2001
Eric A. von Hippel and Karim R. Lakhani
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 1,080 (25,928)
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Performance Responses To Competition Across Skill-Levels In Rank Order Tournaments: Field Evidence and Implications For Tournament Design

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 14-014
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 09 Aug 2012 Last Revised: 21 Jul 2016
Kevin Boudreau, Karim R. Lakhani and Michael Menietti
Northeastern University, Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and Harvard University - Business School (HBS)
Downloads 707 (46,692)
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Tournaments, contests, platforms, innovation

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Community, Joining, and Specialization in Open Source Software Innovation: A Case Study

Number of pages: 52 Posted: 13 Mar 2003
Georg von Krogh, Sebastian Spaeth and Karim R. Lakhani
ETH Zurich, Universität St. Gallen and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 614 (56,205)
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Open Source, Freenet, Innovation, Software Innovation

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The Effects of Increasing Competition and Uncertainty on Incentives and Extreme-Value Outcomes in Innovation Contests

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper, Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2008-6
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 18 Jan 2010 Last Revised: 26 Nov 2010
Kevin Boudreau, Nicola Lacetera and Karim R. Lakhani
Northeastern University, University of Toronto - Strategic Management and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 452 (82,067)
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innovation contests, competition, innovation, problem-solving, search, complexity, distributed innovation, platforms

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Public-Private Partnerships for Organizing and Executing Prize-Based Competitions

Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2012-13
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 13 Jun 2012
Raymond Tong and Karim R. Lakhani
The Boston Consulting Group and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 422 (88,989)

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prize, competitions, government, agencies, best practices

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Time Dependency, Data Flow, and Competitive Advantage

Number of pages: 22 Posted: 27 Apr 2021
Harvard Business School, Cerebras Systems, Harvard University - Business School (HBS), Baidu - Baidu Research, Harvard University - Harvard Business School and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
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Economics of AI; Value of data; Perishability; Time dependency; Flow of data; Competitive advantage; Data strategy

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A Field Experiment on Search Costs and the Formation of Scientific Collaborations

Number of pages: 40 Posted: 25 Aug 2014
Northeastern University, Harvard University - Harvard Medical School, University of Massachusetts at Amherst - College of Social and Behavioral Sciences - Department of Economics, University of Bath, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 389 (97,685)
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Science, teams, matching, search, self-organising collaborations

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'Open' Disclosure of Innovations, Incentives and Follow-on Reuse: Theory on Processes of Cumulative Innovation and a Field Experiment in Computational Biology

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 14-002
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 02 Jul 2013 Last Revised: 07 Aug 2015
Kevin Boudreau and Karim R. Lakhani
Northeastern University and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 370 (103,440)
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open innovation, cumulative innovation, incentives, search, disclosure and access

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Organizations in the Shadow of Communities

Published in: O'Mahony, Siobhan, and Karim R. Lakhani. "Organizations in the Shadow of Communities." In Communities and Organizations. Vol. 33, edited by Christopher Marquis, Michael Lounsbury, and Royston Greenwood, 3–36. Research in the Sociology of Organizations. Emerald Group Publishing, Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 11-131
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 28 Jun 2011 Last Revised: 16 Jul 2013
Siobhan O’Mahony and Karim R. Lakhani
Boston University School of Management and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 325 (119,511)
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Conservatism Gets Funded? A Field Experiment on the Role of Negative Information in Novel Project Evaluation

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 21-007
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 20 Jul 2020 Last Revised: 16 Jun 2021
Harvard Business School, University of Michigan School of Information, affiliation not provided to SSRN, affiliation not provided to SSRN, Harvard University - Business School (HBS), Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 301 (129,687)
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project evaluation, innovation, knowledge frontier, diversity, negativity bias

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

Forthcoming in Innovation Policy and the Economy, volume 16, edited by Josh Lerner and Scott Stern. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. , Harvard Business School Strategy Unit Working Paper No. 16-001, Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 16-001
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 03 Jul 2015 Last Revised: 07 Jul 2015
Kevin Boudreau and Karim R. Lakhani
Northeastern University and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 299 (130,635)
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Quantifying the Immediate Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Scientists

Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business Research Paper No. 3608302
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 08 Jun 2020
Harvard University - Technology & Operations Management Unit, Harvard University - Business School (HBS), Northwestern University - Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard, Emory University - Department of Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business, Yale University, Northwestern University, Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and Northwestern University - Northwestern Institute for Complex Systems (NICO)
Downloads 266 (147,391)
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COVID-19, research productivity, science of science

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Innovation and the Challenge of Novelty: The Novelty-Confirmation-Transformation Cycle in Software and Science

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 11-096
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 19 Mar 2011
Paul R. Carlile and Karim R. Lakhani
Boston University - Department of Management Information Systems and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 212 (183,629)
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innovation, novelty, artifacts, infrastructure, software and science

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Getting Clear About the Role of Communities in Open Innovation

Industry & Innovation, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 223-231, April 2008
Number of pages: 10 Posted: 30 Jan 2011
Joel West and Karim R. Lakhani
KGI - Keck Graduate Institute and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 209 (186,100)
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Innovation communities, open source, open innovation, user innovation

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Consuming Contests: Outcome Uncertainty and Spectator Demand for Contest-based Entertainment

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 21-087
Number of pages: 60 Posted: 10 Feb 2021 Last Revised: 20 Jul 2021
Patrick J. Ferguson and Karim R. Lakhani
The University of Melbourne and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 181 (211,852)

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Contest design, information preferences, consumer demand

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The Trend Toward 'Open' IT in the Public Sector: Motives, Choices, and Outcomes

Number of pages: 30 Posted: 13 Feb 2011 Last Revised: 11 Mar 2016
Joachim Henkel and Karim R. Lakhani
TUM School of Management - Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 145 (255,116)

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information technology, public sector, open source software, open standards, open data

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Is Novel Research Worth Doing? Evidence from Journal Peer Review

Number of pages: 39 Posted: 13 Sep 2021 Last Revised: 26 Oct 2021
Misha Teplitskiy, Hao Peng, Andrea Blasco and Karim R. Lakhani
University of Michigan School of Information, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Information, Harvard University - Institute for Quantitative Social Science and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 140 (262,346)

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novelty, evaluation, peer review

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Recognition Incentives for Internal Crowdsourcing: A Field Experiment at NASA

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 20-059
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 19 Nov 2019 Last Revised: 29 May 2020
Jana Gallus, Olivia S Jung and Karim R. Lakhani
UCLA Anderson, Harvard University - Business School (HBS) and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 126 (284,389)
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Engineering Serendipity: When Does Knowledge Sharing Lead to Knowledge Production?

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 20-058
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 18 Nov 2019 Last Revised: 20 Jul 2020
Harvard Business School, University of Massachusetts at Amherst - College of Social and Behavioral Sciences - Department of Economics, University of Bath, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 125 (286,040)
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knowledge production, innovation, knowledge sharing, knowledge similarity, natural field experiment

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The Confederacy of Heterogeneous Software Organizations and Heterogeneous Developers: Field Experimental Evidence on Sorting and Worker Effort

Number of pages: 27 Posted: 28 Jul 2011
Kevin Boudreau and Karim R. Lakhani
Northeastern University and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
Downloads 112 (309,390)
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Organizational heterogeneity, sorting, software

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Loss of New Ideas: Potentially Long-lasting Effects of the Pandemic on Scientists

Number of pages: 36 Posted: 29 Jul 2021
Jian Gao, Yian Yin, Kyle Myers, Karim R. Lakhani and Dashun Wang
Northwestern University - Center for Science of Science and Innovation, Northwestern University - Center for Science of Science and Innovation, Harvard University - Business School (HBS), Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and Northwestern University - Northwestern Institute for Complex Systems (NICO)
Downloads 74 (400,879)
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new idea, research collaboration, COVID-19 pandemic, unequal impact

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Firms, Crowds, and Innovation

Strategic Organization, 2017, Vol 15(2) 119-140
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 13 Oct 2017
Teppo Felin, Karim R. Lakhani and Michael Tushman
University of Oxford - Said Business School, Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and Harvard University - Organizational Behavior Unit
Downloads 64 (433,171)

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crowdsourcing, innovation, open innovation, organization theory, strategy

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Learning With People Like Me: The Role of Age-Similar Peers on Online Business Course Engagement

Working Paper 21-072
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 14 Jan 2021
Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management, Harvard Business School and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group
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online courses, social engagement, homophily, business skills training, knowledge sharing

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Towards Recovery: Scientists With Better Ratings of Their Institution’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Have More Optimistic Forecasts About Their Future Research

Number of pages: 30 Posted: 20 Oct 2020 Last Revised: 08 Dec 2020
Kyle Myers, Karim R. Lakhani and Dashun Wang
Harvard University - Technology & Operations Management Unit, Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and Northwestern University - Northwestern Institute for Complex Systems (NICO)
Downloads 37 (545,640)

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COVID-19, scientists, science policy, forecasts, institutions

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Motivating Effort in Contributing to Public Goods Inside Organizations: Field Experimental Evidence

Number of pages: 44 Posted: 25 Apr 2016 Last Revised: 19 Aug 2021
Harvard University - Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University - Business School (HBS), Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and Harvard University - Business School (HBS)
Downloads 37 (545,640)
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Crowdsourcing Memories: Mixed Methods Research by Cultural Insiders-Epistemological Outsiders

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 20-038
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 20 Feb 2020
Harvard University - Business School (HBS), Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group, Harvard University, Masssachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University - Broad Institute, Barefoot College, Harvard University, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Students and Harvard University
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Mixed methods; Insider-Outsiders; Myth of Informed Objectivity; Hybrid Research; Oral Narratives

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OpenIDEO

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Case No. 612-066
Posted: 07 May 2012
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group, New York University (NYU) - NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, New York University and Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

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Myelin Repair Foundation: Accelerating Drug Discovery Through Collaboration

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Case No. 610-074
Posted: 12 Apr 2012
Karim R. Lakhani and Paul R. Carlile
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and Boston University - Department of Management Information Systems

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InnoCentive.Com (C)

Harvard Business School General Management Unit Case No. 612-027
Posted: 01 Mar 2012
Karim R. Lakhani and Eric Lonstein
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and affiliation not provided to SSRN

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InnoCentive.Com (B)

Harvard Business School General Management Unit Case No. 612-026
Posted: 01 Mar 2012
Karim R. Lakhani and Eric Lonstein
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group and affiliation not provided to SSRN

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TopCoder (A): Developing Software through Crowdsourcing

Harvard Business School General Management Unit Case No. 610-032
Posted: 12 Feb 2012
Karim R. Lakhani, David A. Garvin and Eric Lonstein
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group, Harvard University - Business School (HBS) and affiliation not provided to SSRN

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TopCoder (B)

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Case No. 612-044
Posted: 26 Jan 2012
Karim R. Lakhani, Eric Lonstein and Stephanie Healy Pokrywa
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group, affiliation not provided to SSRN and Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

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SAP AG: Orchestrating the Ecosystem

HBS Case No. 609-069, Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit
Posted: 22 May 2009
Marco Iansiti and Karim R. Lakhani
Harvard University - Business School (HBS) and Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group

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