Looking Across and Looking Beyond the Knowledge Frontier: Intellectual Distance, Novelty, and Resource Allocation in Science

@inproceedings{Boudreau2016LookingAA,
  title={Looking Across and Looking Beyond the Knowledge Frontier: Intellectual Distance, Novelty, and Resource Allocation in Science},
  author={Kevin J. Boudreau and Eva C. Guinan and Karim R. Lakhani and Christoph Riedl},
  booktitle={Management Science},
  year={2016}
}
Selecting among alternative projects is a core management task in all innovating organizations. In this paper, we focus on the evaluation of frontier scientific research projects. We argue that the "intellectual distance" between the knowledge embodied in research proposals and an evaluator's own expertise systematically relates to the evaluations given. To estimate relationships, we designed and executed a grant proposal process at a leading research university in which we randomized the… CONTINUE READING
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