Karim Lakhani

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Karim R. Lakhani is an assistant professor in the Technology and Operations Management Unit at the Harvard Business School. He specializes in the management of technological innovation in firms and communities. His research is on distributed innovation systems and the movement of innovative activity to the edges of organizations and into communities. He has extensively studied the emergence of open source software communities and their unique innovation and product development strategies. He has also investigated how critical knowledge from outside of the organization can be accessed through innovation contests. He is the principal investigator and director of the Harvard-NASA Tournament Laboratory, which aims to systematize the use of innovation tournaments for the space agency.

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Lakhani, Karim, Wolf, Robert G. (2005): Why Hackers Do What They Do: Understanding Motivation and Effort in Free/Open Source Software Projects. In: "Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software" The MIT Press .