Karim R. Lakhani

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Karim R. Lakhani (born c. 1970) is a professor and leading educator of business administration at Harvard Business School. He is the Principal Investigator of the Crowd Innovation Lab at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science.[1] His research and teaching focuses on open and user innovation.

Life and work[edit]

Lakhani earned a Bachelor in Engineering Management in 1993 at McMaster University, a Master of Science in Technology and Policy in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Management in 2006 at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His Ph.D. dissertation was advised by Eric von Hippel, with Tom Allen and Wanda Orlikowski.

Lakhani is an expert on and author of several highly cited articles on free and open source software. He edited the book Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software (ISBN 0-262-06246-1) published by MIT Press.[2]

In addition to Open Source, Lakhani is a leading expert on crowdsourcing.[3] In particular, he is known for his research on the T-shirt company Threadless,[4][5] and prize-based open innovation firms like InnoCentive[6][7][8] & Topcoder.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Jeppesen, Lars Bo, and Karim R. Lakhani. "Marginality and Problem-Solving Effectiveness in Broadcast Search." Organization Science 21: 1016–1033.
  • Lakhani, Karim R., and Jill A. Panetta. "The Principles of Distributed Innovation." Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization 2, 3: 97–112.
  • Lakhani, Karim R., and Eric Von Hippel. "How open source software works:"free" user-to-user assistance." Research policy 32.6 (2003): 923-943.
  • Von Krogh, Georg, Sebastian Spaeth, and Karim R. Lakhani. "Community, joining, and specialization in open source software innovation: a case study." Research Policy 32.7 (2003): 1217-1241.
  • Lakhani, Karim R., and Robert G. Wolf. "Perspectives on free and open source software." (2005): 3-23.


  1. ^ "MIT Sloan CIO Symposium: Karim Lakhani". MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  2. ^ Joseph Feller, Brian Fitzgerald, Scott A. Hissam, Karim R. Lakhani, eds. (2005). Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software. MIT Press. ISBN 9780262062466.
  3. ^ Unrau, J. Jack (2007-07-10). "The Experts at the Periphery". Wired Magazine. Retrieved 2010-04-24.
  4. ^ Chafkin, Max (2008-06-01). "The Customer is the Company: How Threadless Uses Crowdsourcing". Inc. Magazine. Retrieved 2010-04-24.
  5. ^ Sipress, Alan (2007-06-18). "T-Shirt Maker's Style, Drawn From Web Users". The Washington Post. ISSN 0740-5421. Retrieved 2010-04-24.
  6. ^ Dean, Cornelia (2008-07-22). "If You Have a Problem, Ask Everyone". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2010-04-24.
  7. ^ Travis, John (2008-03-28). "Science by the Masses". Science. 319 (5871): 1750–1752. doi:10.1126/science.319.5871.1750. PMID 18369115.
  8. ^ Wessel, David (2007-01-25). "Prizes for Solutions to Problems Play Valuable Role in Innovation". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2010-04-24.

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