Our Research

The Research Center for Open Digital Innovation is engaging in the revolution of innovation. We live an open and collaborative innovation landscape in which information and data is widely dispersed, technological systems are opened up, and organizations engage in boundary spanning innovation activities. More decentralized innovation ecosystems have emerged in which a diverse set of actors co-create novel solutions to solve complex problems in areas such healthcare, regional development, financial services, and smart manufacturing.

Global Open Innovation Executive Study 2014/2015
Research Stream: Open Innovation

In 2012, a large-scale Open Innovation Executive Survey was conducted by UC- Berkeley and Fraunhofer-Society to explore to what extent open innovation was applied in large firms in the USA and Europe. 

Creating Impact from Governmental Open Data (OD): The Performance Effect of Transparency in OD Contests - The Purdue IronHacks
Research Stream: Civic innovation, open innovation, transparency

Primary Research Questions:

  • What are the effects of innovation performance transparency and solution transparency on participation and innovativeness of Open Data solutions in Open Data contests?

Open Source Software practices
Research Stream: Open source software, open innovation, ecosystems

Reflecting the commitment to foster and build Open Source Software practices, Red Hat Inc. sponsors a two-year Red Hat fellowship for Discovery Park's Research Center for Open Digital Innovation (RCODI).


Managing Open Innovation with Business Impact in the Digital Age 
Research Stream: Open Innovation

In collaboration with the Accenture Institute for High Performance (AIHP), we have implemented a series of open innovation (OI) case studies to generate new insights on how large, innovative firms use open innovation to solve their strategic innovation problems.

Designing Future Megacities with the Crowd: Wicked Urban Problems and Firm-sponsored Civic Innovation Crowdsourcing 2015
Research Stream: Civic Innovation Crowdsourcing

With the rise of megacities, urban innovators are exposed to increasingly ‘wicked’ societal problems, such as urban mobility. Looking beyond traditional modes for solving these problems, this research sheds light on civic innovation crowdsourcing; a new open model of innovation for solving societal problems in the public and government sector. Through a unique case study, a civic innovation contest sponsored by Bombardier was examined using content analysis. Civic innovation crowdsourcing and how team submissions and geographic contextualization shape the problem solving process was examined in three major cities, Belo Horizonte, Vientiane, and London.

Increasing Creativity through Anonymous Dissent 2015
Research Stream: Open Innovation

Employees within an organization are often encouraged to contribute to internal Open Innovation Challenges, however the creativity of their contributions may be limited by their perceived freedom to express ideas and opinions that are against majority opinions or organizational norms. Troublesome ideas and opinions may impact their work reputation, standing within the organization, and even their future employment.

Social Influence and Social Contagion in Online Open Innovation-Contest Community 2015

There are increasing numbers of online innovation contests designed by organizations to benefit from the outsourcing of collaborative innovation, creativity and knowledge from a “crowd”.

Related Publications

Home Energy Monitoring, Visual Analytics and Collective-Action:

Curious about how the manifold information technologies in our lives take on moralizing roles, we have undertaken an interest in theories of collective action and pro-social behavior, as there are empowering implications for information design and visualization in engaging consumers as conscious and collectively engaged consumer-citizens.

Investigators: Marlen Promann, Sabine Brunswicker, Victor Chen, Sheryl

Effect of Online Digital Communities to Members Output (Success) and Choices (Contagion): The Case NanoHUB Cyberinfrastructure:

The primary research questions that sparked this project were: (1) How does scientist output depend upon their embeddedness in digital spaces in NanoHUB.org cyerinfrastructure?; (2) What are the network formation structures and characteristics of an open digital platform?; (3) How do tools traverse (diffuse) amongst users in NanoHUB.org cyerinfrastructure?