User idea implementation in open innovation communities: Evidence from a new product development crowdsourcing community

Mar 27th, 2020 | By | Category: RSS Feed

Abstract

In collaborative crowdsourcing communities for open innovation, users generate and submit ideas as idea co?creators. Firms then select and implement valuable ideas for new product development. Despite the popularity and success of these open innovation communities, relatively little is known about the factors that determine the implementation of the user?generated ideas. Based on research on individual creativity, we propose a conceptual model integrating users’ previous experience, idea presentation characteristics and feedback valence to explain the likelihood of idea implementation. We validate our research model with a panel data analysis of 43?550 ideas submitted by 16?360 users in the MIUI new product development community hosted by Xiaomi, a large electronics manufacturing company in China. We find an inverted U?shaped relationship between users’ past successful experience and idea implementation. Furthermore, the length of ideas is positively associated with the likelihood of idea implementation. There is also an inverted U?shaped relationship between supporting evidence and idea implementation. Finally, we demonstrate the negative effect of positive feedback and the positive effect of negative feedback on idea implementation. These findings offer rich insights to understand the phenomenon of open innovation better. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

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