Governance considerations for seeker-solver relationships in innovation contests

Piazza, M., Mazzola, E., Acur, N. and Perrone, G., (2018) Governance considerations for seeker-solver relationships in innovation contests. British Journal of Management, (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

The need to solve innovation problems and insource knowledge has led to an increasing number of organizations engaging in crowdsourcing activities and subsequently establishing working relationships with winning solution providers. Using a knowledge-based view and the problem-solving perspective, we develop a theoretical framework suggesting how specific innovation problem attributes, i.e., the decomposability, formulation and search space of the problem, influence the governance decision (unilateral vs. bilateral) of seekers to manage the relationship with winning solvers. We empirically analyze the framework using 582 challenges broadcast on the NineSigma crowdsourcing platform. Our results indicate that problem attributes – the formulation and search space of problem – have a positive effect on seekers’ preference toward unilateral governance structures. However, we did not find empirical confirmation of the effect that the decomposability of the innovation problem has on seekers’ preference toward unilateral governance structures. This study offers several contributions to the crowdsourcing literature, and it also has important implications for managers of organizations aiming at insourcing knowledge through crowdsourcing for innovation contests.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Accepted for Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Piazza, Mariangela and Mazzola, Dr Erica and Acur Bakir, Dr Nuran
Authors: Piazza, M., Mazzola, E., Acur, N., and Perrone, G.,
College/School:College of Social Sciences
College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:British Journal of Management
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:1045-3172
ISSN (Online):1467-8551

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