Symposium on Open & Collaborative Innovation in May

Pleased to announce that 29-30 May 2014 The Hamburg Innovation Symposium (THIS) on „Open and Collaborative Innovation in the Digital Era“ will be held at the University of Hamburg with participation of distinguished scholars Ammon Salter, Oliver Alexy, and Linus Dahlander as keynote speakers. It is co-chaired by Piet Hausberg and Krystallia Moysidou together with Moritz Schellenberger. Read more and find the call for papers on the Symposium website:

The power of ‚Open Source Hardware‘

3D-printers for the end consumer have been regarded by many as a small niche for geeky engineers and programmers developing in their spare time. Unfortunately it was also most widely known as a means for producing above all plastic decorations and weapons — until now. A few skilled developers recently came up with a hand prosthesis available for free to everyone and with a production cost of about 10$. Even less known maybe is, that also scientific labs already make use of open-source hardware to build and collectively improve customized lab equipment (cf. Pearce, 2012, Science, doi: 10.1126/science.1228183). It has become clear thus, that 3d-printing de facto established a new kind of interface or “boundary object” that allows to bridge finally all geographic distances in three dimensions. The implications that this has for R&D and innovation management constitute an intriguing field of research of fast growing relevance.

2014: Year of the digital society

The German ministry of research and education has declared 2014 to be the „scientific year of the digital society“ (in German). I am happy that the importance of the impact that the current „digitization“ of every aspect of our lives is being recognized. Technological change is currently revolutionizing our society. Count the number of ebook reading and phone tapping people the next time you take the subway if you don’t believe me. Looking forward to what the year of the digital society will bring.

„Open Innovation“ is part of the ruling parties coalition agreement

The coalition agreement of the next German government mentions „Open Innovation“ explicitely:

„Wir wollen das große Potenzial für wirtschaftliche und gesellschaftliche Veränderungen, ob in Form neuer Geschäftsmodelle, Dienstleistungen oder Kooperationen, durch den Auf- und Ausbau geeigneter Open-Innovation-Plattformen für neue kreative Lösungsansätze erschließen. Wir richten uns dabei insbesondere an kleine und mittlere Unternehmen, damit sie gemeinsam mit Anwendern, internationalen Partnern, großen Unternehmen, Hochschulen und Forschungseinrichtungen neue Entwicklungen vorantreiben können.“

CfP „Social Media“ der Fachzeitschrift DBW

Prof. Dr. Jetta Frost und Prof. Dr. Sebastian Spaeth sind Gastherausgeber der Zeitschrift DBW

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Spaeth und Prof. Dr. Jetta Frost, beide Universität Hamburg, sind Gastherausgeber der Fachzeitschrift DBW für ein Sonderheft zum Themenschwerpunkt »Social Media«.
Die Einreichfrist für Beiträge auf Deutsch oder Englisch ist der 31.5.2014. Den „Call for Papers“ finden Sie hier auf englisch.

Welcome to the Digital Markets blog

Hello all, welcome to the weblog of the chair of Management & Digital Market at the University of Hamburg in Germany. We are a young chair, founded in July 2013.
This blog is intended as a personal outlet of the members of the chair, of which there are currently four: Sebastian, Piet, Krystallia, and Alexandra.
We will be blogging on topics that are of personal interest. Entries represent the opinions and attitudes of the respective authors, and do not necessarily correspond with any official opinion of the chair, or the University of Hamburg.