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Reference no. 9-613-100
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Harvard Business Publishing (2013)
9 March 2015
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19 pages
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The case describes Siemens, a worldwide innovator in the Energy, Healthcare, Industry, and Infrastructure & Cities sectors, and its efforts to develop and commercialize new R&D through open innovation, including internal and external crowdsourcing contests. Emphasis is placed on exploring actual open innovation initiatives within Siemens and their outcomes. These include creating internal social- and knowledge-sharing networks and utilzing third party platforms to host internal and external contests. Industries discussed include energy, green technology, infrastructure and cities, and sustainability. In addition, the importance of fostering a collaborative online environment and protecting intellectual property is explored.

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Collaborative innovation; Innovation focused strategy; Management; Asset allocation; Energy; Innovation; Technology; Cross functional management; Knowledge management; Information management; Community development; Information technology; Manufacturing; R&D; Health; Strategy; Managing creativity & innovation; Crowdsourcing; Green business
> USD1 billion, Fortune 500
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