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dc.contributor.authorJeppesen, Lars Bo
dc.contributor.authorLakhani, Karim R
dc.date.accessioned2009-10-15T13:44:19Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationJeppesen, Lars Bo and Karim R. Lakhani. Forthcoming. Marginality and problem solving effectiveness in broadcast search. Organization Science 20.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1047-7039en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3351241
dc.description.abstractWe examine who the winners are in science problem solving contests characterized by open broadcast of problem information, self-selection of external solvers to discrete problems from the laboratories of large R&D intensive companies and blind review of solution submissions. Analyzing a unique dataset of 166 science challenges involving over 12,000 scientists revealed that technical and social marginality, being a source of different perspectives and heuristics, plays an important role in explaining individual success in problem solving. The provision of a winning solution was positively related to increasing distance between the solver’s field of technical expertise and the focal field of the problem. Female solvers – known to be in the “outer circle” of the scientific establishment - performed significantly better than men in developing successful solutions. Our findings contribute to the emerging literature on open and distributed innovation by demonstrating the value of openness, at least narrowly defined by disclosing problems, in removing barriers to entry to non-obvious individuals. We also contribute to the knowledge-based theory of the firm by showing the effectiveness of a market-mechanism to draw out knowledge from diverse external sources to solve internal problems.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherInstitute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)en_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://orgsci.journal.informs.org/en_US
dash.licenseLAA
dc.subjectopen innovationen_US
dc.subjectproblem solvingen_US
dc.subjectmarginalityen_US
dc.subjectgenderen_US
dc.subjectbroadcast searchen_US
dc.titleMarginality and Problem Solving Effectiveness in Broadcast Searchen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.description.versionAccepted Manuscripten_US
dc.relation.journalOrganization Scienceen_US
dash.depositing.authorLakhani, Karim R
dc.date.available2009-10-15T13:44:19Z
dash.contributor.affiliatedLakhani, Karim


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