The Principles of Distributed Innovation

  title={The Principles of Distributed Innovation},
  author={Karim R. Lakhani and Jill A. Panetta},
  journal={Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization},
Distributed innovation systems are an approach to organizing for innovation that seems to meet the challenge of accessing knowledge that resides outside the boundaries of any one organization. We provide an overview of distributed innovation systems that are achieving success in three different industries. We explore why people participate, the organizing principles of production, and the implications for intellectual property policy. Finally, the potential extensions and limitations of this… 
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