Innovation Articles

By Hila Lifshitz-Assaf, Michael L. Tushman, Karim R. Lakhani

Why Do Open Innovation Efforts Fail? Scientists Want to Solve Problems Themselves.


The most resistant scientists and engineers saw open source methods as a fundamental challenge to their professional identities. They defined themselves as “problem solvers,” but open innovation crowdsourcing platforms didn’t let them play that role; instead, they had to frame problems for someone else to solve.