What is the link between organizational flexibility and its ability to innovate? How does expertise contribute to innovation? How can novel organizational practices drawn from the open source community and scientific contests contribute to how organizations flexibly innovate? Karim R. Lakhani’s research on innovation can help LILA address these and other questions.
Dr. Lakhani is the Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and the Principal Investigator of the Harvard-NASA Tournament Lab. His research is on distributed innovation systems and the movement of innovative activity to the edges of organizations and into communities. He has also investigated how critical knowledge from outside of the organization can be accessed through innovation contests. Currently Professor Lakhani is investigating incentives and behavior in contests and the mechanisms behind scientific team formation through field experiments on the TopCoder platform and the Harvard Medical School.