The 2012 Annual International Open and User Innovation Workshop will be held from July 30 through August 1 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It is scheduled just prior to the AOM 2012 Conference which will also be in Boston. Karim Lakhani, Carliss Baldwin, Stefan Thomke, Benjamin Mako Hill, and Eric von Hippel are your hosts this year.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to three days of wonderful learning and fun. The International Open and User Innovation Workshop is the leading academic conference on Open and User Innovation. Around 200 researchers from various disciplines (such as innovation management, strategic management, organization design, marketing, intellectual property right management, entrepreneurship, and public policy) meet annually, in order to exchange recent research findings and plans related to Open and User Innovation. The conference is for academics who are faculty, or currently engaged in PhD programs or postdocs.

State-of-the-art research findings and methods will be discussed in research fields like lead user innovation, user entrepreneurship, mass customization, crowdsourcing, producer-user-co-creation, collaborative innovation, policy towards open and user innovation as well as open business models.


To find out when you will be presenting see the list of minitalks to find out which presentation group a talk has been placed in. Once you know your group, see the schedule below to find out when that group is scheduled. Abstracts for all on minitalks are available as well:

All plenaries will be held in Aldrich 112 with overflow in Aldrich 111.

Lunch and dinner will be served in the Williams Room in the Spangler Center.

All locations can be found on the Harvard Business School map.

Every Day

Day 1 (July 30th)

Day 2 (July 31th)

Day 3 (August 1st)

  • 8:30-9:30 Minitalks (Group V)
  • 9:30-10:00 Coffee
  • 10:00-11:00 Minitalks (Group VI)
  • 11:00-13:00 Breakout sessions (Group V and VI)
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch and Closing Remarks (Williams Room)
  • Breakout Sessions

    Each breakout room will have a computer running Windows which you will be able to load talks onto using a USB key -- the preferred way to show presentations. People can also bring their own laptops and project directly from their computers.

    Breakout rooms will be as follows:


    Unfortunately, registration is now closed. If you missed the registration but have a strong reason to attend, please write directly to Sheba Raza at

    This conference is generously supported by the HBS Division of Research and Faculty Development. There will be no conference fees, for your own travel and hotel costs.


    The map below shows the workshop venue (Harvard Business School) and a series of hotels in the surrounding area.

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    It is your responsibility to book your own hotel room. Boston/Cambridge hotels tend to be busy during Summer months, so booking early is a good idea.

    We expect most people will elect to stay at hotels that are an easy walk to Harvard Business School. These hotels are listed on the map. Clicking on each hotel's bed icon on the map above will bring up information and website links for each hotel.

    It is also be possible to stay at other hotels in Boston or Cambridge and take the subway to the venue. Harvard Business School is located at the Harvard Square stop (shown on the map) on the Red Line. Be aware that the red line is a very long subway line and the farthest stops on the Boston side may be an hour away or more.

    General logistical information on transportation and accommodation and food is available on the HBS website. Visitor parking should be available on the HBS campus.

    Getting In

    Logan Airport is located in Boston and is used by all major carriers. Harvard Business School and surrounding hotels can be reached by taxi from the airport. It is a 25-35 minute ride and should cost around $30-40. Public transportation is also possible. The Silver Line MBTA bus leaves from outside every terminal and connects in South Station (its final stop) to the Red Line subway which travels to Harvard Square and takes approximately 1 hour overall.