Online Communities Speaker Series - Karim R. Lakhani

 
April 5, 2010: Online Communities Speaker Series - Karim R. Lakhani, Harvard Business School Join students and faculty for a presentation by Dr. Karim R. Lakhani, assistant professor of business administration in the Technology and Operations Management Unit at the Harvard Business School. His topic: The determinants of individual performance and collective value in private-collective software innovation. From Dr. Lakhani: We investigate if the actions by individuals in creating effective new innovations are aligned with the reuse of those innovations by community members in a private-collective (open source) software development context. This relationship is studied in the setting of eleven wiki-like programming contests involving several thousand coding attempts by hundreds of individuals. We find both alignment and tension between the needs of the individual to attain top performance and the needs of the many (in the community) to reuse and appropriate code submissions. We discuss the implications of our findings as they relate to knowledge creation, reuse and recombination for innovation in community settings. This talk is part of the Annenberg Program on Online Communities speaker series, a special presentation of the Annenberg Research Seminar series.