Solve your organization’s problems by looking outside your organization
In Open Innovation, you will learn strategies for finding the best ideas, solutions, and people necessary to solve your organization’s most difficult problems.
What You'll Learn
What do you do when your organization can’t solve a problem on its own? Are you paying for effort instead of solutions? Is your organization stuck?
Strategic problem solving is a key element in innovation and vital to an organization’s success and growth. Open innovation is a strategy for innovation management that suggests the best ideas and people necessary to solve your organization’s difficult problems may come from outside your company entirely. Through open innovation, organizations can connect with talented people and breakthrough ideas from across the globe. Whether you’re developing a new product, responding to the changing workforce, or simply looking for new ideas, you can use open innovation to find answers and solutions in areas you didn’t expect.
Open innovation strategy is already all around you. The top companies around the world have figured out the key to innovation in business by using idea crowdsourcing and the wisdom of the crowd to help them create products and services that we use on a daily basis—from smartphone apps to Wikipedia.
This is an innovation management course that presents a foundational understanding of open innovation, helping you not only solve some of your most difficult problems, but also gain access to a pool of talent that goes far beyond your organization's walls. By examining the different types of open innovation—contests, idea crowdsourcing for business, collaborative communities, and online labor markets—you’ll begin to develop a plan to adopt and implement an open innovation strategy in your organization.
Through videos, real-world case studies, and peer interaction, you’ll build innovation skills, explore when and why to implement new solutions, how to operationalize and protect proprietary ideas, and, most importantly, how to identify the problems you’re trying to solve and address them with open innovation.
Your next big idea might come from where you least expect it. Don’t think behind closed doors. Let open innovation in.
- Articulate the concept of open innovation and how it works
- Identify the types of problems that can be solved with open innovation and how to decouple problems from solutions
- Recognize the challenges and ethical considerations of open innovation, such as intellectual property rights
- Match your business problem to the right open innovation strategy, including: contests, idea crowdsourcing, collaborative communities, or online labor market
- Implement an open innovation strategy in your organization, including how to identify and access outside resources, helping you stay ahead of the competition
Karim R. Lakhani is the Dorothy & Michael Hintze Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He specializes in technology management, innovation, digital transformation and artificial intelligence (AI). He has taught extensively in Harvard Business School’s MBA, executive, doctoral and online programs. He has co-developed new courses on Digital Innovation & Transformation, Digital Strategy and Innovation, and Laboratory to Market. Karim is also the founder and co-director of the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard, as well as the principal investigator of the NASA Tournament Laboratory.
Real World Case Studies
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Jin Paik is the Senior Director, Lab Operations at the Digital, Data, & Design (D^3) Institute at Harvard. Hear from this expert researcher how open innovation can illuminate novel solutions for your organization.
Luis Villa is the Co-Founder and General Counsel of Tidelift, a startup that aims to make open source better for everyone by supporting developers. He will share how open innovation can attract talented employees to your organization.
Lynn E. Buquo
Lynn Buquo is the Former Senior Advisor at the NASA Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation. She will share how NASA is adopting open innovation into their organization.