Member characteristics and participation in online open innovation communities

Heli Väätäjä, Maria Antikainen

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    We conducted a web survey with members of three online open innovation communities and present here our findings on the member characteristics and participation. We found that most of the respondents were male and the mean age of the respondents was 37 years (min=19, max=64), which is higher than for example in OSS (Open Source Software) communities. Most of the respondents were full-time employed. The contribution frequency to innovation was monthly or less frequent, although majority of the respondents reported to visit the community at least weekly. In addition, the respondents were active in other online volunteer work, such as contributing to OSS development and open content communities, like Wikipedia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the XX ISPIM Annual Conference: The Future of Innovation. Vienna, Austria, 21 - 24 June 2009
    Place of PublicationLappeenranta
    PublisherInternational Society for Professional Innovation Management ISPIM
    ISBN (Print)978-952-214-767-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventXX ISPIM Conference: The Future of Innovation - Vienna, Austria
    Duration: 21 Jun 200924 Jun 2009


    ConferenceXX ISPIM Conference: The Future of Innovation
    Abbreviated titleISPIM 2009
    Other20th ISPIM


    • open innovation
    • online communities
    • member characteristics
    • participation characteristics
    • innovation intermediaries


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