How to Set up an Open Innovation Program

Forming Partnerships for Growth

How to Set up an Open Innovation Program - Forming Partnerships for Growth

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Sharing knowledge can speed your product to market.

So you thought crowdsourcing was a recent business innovation? Think again!

As far back as 1714, the British government set up the Longitude Prize, a huge cash reward for anyone who could devise a simple, accurate way to measure a ship's true position at sea. The competition was designed to tap into the ideas of independent inventors and experts to solve this historic navigation problem, a process known today as crowdsourcing.

The Longitude Prize's main award of £20,000 – equivalent to $3.74 million today – was never paid in full, but smaller amounts were given to people whose work made a valuable contribution to finding the solution.

The prize and crowdsourcing are forms of "open innovation," a concept that says the best ideas are rarely concentrated in a single organization. In a business setting, it means that companies should consider looking beyond their own walls to speed up their research and development processes.

In this article, you'll learn what open innovation is, and find out how to set up an effective exchange of ideas....

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