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Crowdsourcing: Using Open Modes of Collaboration for Product-Service System (PSS) Innovation
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Due to the current, global challenges such as resource depletion and economic crisis, and international societal mega-trends such as multi-internationalisation, we are in transition from conventional methods of production to relatively novel methods that strives to be competitive, satisfy customer needs and have a lower environmental impact. Product-Service System (PSS) method is deemed to be a solid alternative towards this vision. To do that, we are in need of novel approaches to re-envision the current system. Therefore, Innovation methods are the backbone of PSS. Since PSS highly emphasizes the customers' needs and co-creation with them, user-innovation methods are required in order to boost PSS Innovation. Among user-innovation methods, Crowdsourcing seems to be valid option which would enable us to attract a large, undefined network of people to the innovation process. In this research, a success model for crowdsourcing practice is proposed and validated by literature and expert interviews. As a follow-up, based on the success model, a strategic guideline for innovation using open modes of collaboration is proposed. Moreover, we discuss the implication of PSS and sustainability and how these concepts can be empowered by crowdsourcing.

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2012. , 115 p.
Keyword [en]
Product-Service System, Sustainability, Innovation, User Innovation, Crowdsourcing, Wisdom of Crowd
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Mechanical Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-4183Local ID: diva2:831508
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2012-06-13 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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