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Karim Lakhani

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Karim 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 and product development in firms and communities.

His research examines 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 found and put to use inside for innovation in the biotechnology, life-sciences and industrial-chemicals industries. He is co-editor of Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software (MIT Press, 2005) and co-founder of the MIT-based Open Source research community and web portal.

He has worked for General Electric Medical Systems, Canada, where he was a member of GE’s Technical Leadership Program, and held positions in radiological systems sales, marketing and new product introduction. He has also worked as a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), engaging with clients in technology and communications, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, financial services, and consumer goods sectors. He was a founding member of BCG’s Strategy Practice Leadership team and served as a lecturer in the Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship group at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. In addition, he is a recipient of the Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship and a four-year doctoral fellowship from Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council.

Professor Lakhani holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Management from McMaster University in Canada, and an MS in Technology and Policy and a PhD in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Publications


Digital Ubiquity

The Determinants of Individual Performance and Collective Value in Private-Collective Software Innovation

How to Manage Outside Innovation

Getting Clear About Communities in Open Innovation

The Principles of Distributed Innovation

Getting Unusual Suspects to Solve R&D Puzzles

Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software