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ItemInnovating Beyond the Fuzzy Front End: How to Use Reward-Based Crowdfunding to Co-create with Customers( 2018-01-03)Current research suggests that crowdfunding not only serves as an alternative source of capital but also as a flexible tool allowing start-ups to systematically integrate a crowd into their innovation processes. However, an adequate understanding of how start-ups can systematically leverage the co-creation potential of their early customers during crowdfunding is still nascent. Against this background, the aim of this research is to conceptualize and examine the concept of co-creation in the context of reward-based crowdfunding. In doing so, we distinguish it from other methods of user integration in the realm of open innovation and discuss how entrepreneurs can leverage reward-based crowdfunding to engage their customers in the development and deployment of their product and service offerings.
ItemUnderstanding Shared Familiarity and Team Performance through Network Analytics( 2018-01-03)In this article, we propose a network approach to understanding team knowledge with archival data, offering conceptual and methodological advantages. Often, the degree to which team members’ possess shared knowledge has been conceptualized and measured as an aggregate property of a team as a whole. Rather than an aggregate property, however, we argue that shared team knowledge is more appropriately conceptualized as a network of knowledge overlaps or linkages between sets of team members. We created shared knowledge networks for a sample of 1,942 software teams based on members’ prior experiences working with one another on different tasks and teams. We included metrics representing topological features of team shared knowledge networks within predictive models of team performance. Our results suggest that network patterning provides additional predictive power for explaining software development team performance over and above the effects of average level of knowledge similarity within a team.
ItemDigitalisation and Enterprise Knowledge (net)Working( 2018-01-03)Social media and emerging mobile technologies have forever changed the landscape of human interaction. Furthermore, they already play a pivotal role also in enterprises as a part of the organisational Knowledge Management System. Almost all large organisations have already implemented at least one Enterprise Social Media tool since they enable collaboration, provide easy access to information, and are available at reasonable costs. The effects of the decoupling of the real and the virtual world (as a result of Social Media use) on the construct "knowledge" and on knowledge management are still not sufficiently investigated. Against this background, the paper presents an exploratory approach of the development of a specific morphological tableau as an instrument for the analysis of employees’ behavior in context of knowledge management related ESM use. Furthermore, the application of the tableau is exemplary illustrated and further research steps are explained.
ItemIntroduction to the Minitrack on Knowledge Economics( 2018-01-03)