Harnessing the Hackers: The emergence and exploitation of Outlaw Innovation

Flowers, Stephen (2006) Harnessing the Hackers: The emergence and exploitation of Outlaw Innovation In: DRUID Summer Conference 2006 on Knowledge, Innovation and Competitiveness: Dynamics of Firms, Networks, Regions and Institution, 18-20 Jun 2006, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Abstract

This paper will explore how the often illegal activities of hackers (in the original usage of the term to refer to individuals who modify computer hardware and software) may produce valuable innovations. It will explore how these innovations, termed Outlaw Innovations, may be appropriated by firms and provide case studies where this has taken place. The paper will seek to locate this phenomenon in the existing innovation literature, and explore the implications for firm innovation processes. It will outline a series of possible research questions and conclude by indicating the next steps in the development of this research.

Item Type: Contribution to conference proceedings in the public domain ( Full Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Innovation; Users; Hackers; CENTRIM
Subjects: N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N215 Change and Innovation
N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N212 Creative management
Faculties: Brighton Business School > Centre for Research in Innovation Management
Depositing User: editor centrim
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2009
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 11:01
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/2948

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