Continuing the tradition of hosting visiting academic speakers in March, this year CREATe will host a suite of events around the theme of ‘Openness, IP and Innovation’. From the 15th to the 16th March 2016 we will welcome visiting scholars Stefan Haefliger (Cass Business School, London), Natacha Estèves (Sciences Po, Paris) and Rufus Pollock (Open Knowledge) to share their insights and recent work on the research theme. Colleagues and students from other disciplines are warmly invited to take part in the discussions, which promise to be stimulating. This resource page provides details on the events, the speakers, as well as how to book spaces. For general enquiries please contact Dr. Kris Erickson (LKAS Fellow, School of Law).
Tuesday 15th March: CREATe Reading Group
16:00-17:30 pm | CREATe Offices room 404, 10 the Square
Professor Stefan Haefliger will present on his working paper with Albert Armisen and Sabine Brunswicker, ‘WHO SOLVES WHOSE PROBLEM IN OPEN COLLABORATION?’
This paper will be of particular interest to colleagues working on crowdsourcing, collaborative innovation and creative production, and the management of innovative organisations.
Abstract: This article theorizes about how various actors in an open collaboration select to work on the different problems revealed by their collaborators by extending the self-reinforcing mechanisms of the theory of organizational path dependence and lock-in to open collaboration. […] Our results provide novel empirical insights into the distinct structures of collaborative as well ‘closed’ problem solving within an open collaboration community. Both the nature of the problem as well as the source of the problem causes these structures to emerge. Our findings suggest that firms’ actors tend to solve their own path creating problems rather than path dependent one; while collaboration is centered on path creating problems revealed by firm users. Furthermore, independent users are the only one collaborating indistinctly in path dependent and creating problems from firm users. These findings have theoretical and practical implications for open collaboration, private-collectives, and path constitution.
To register your interest in attending this discussion group session, please contact the event organiser Dr. Kristofer Erickson.
Wednesday 16th March: Workshop on Openness and IP
9:30-13:00 pm | School of Law, 10 The Square
This workshop offers an opportunity to encounter cross-disciplinary approaches to studying ‘openness’ as an issue for innovation management. Contemporary research challenges to be discussed include: study of informal mechanisms to manage common-pool and collective innovations, identification and classification of business models which generate and capture value without IP protection, and measuring the effect of regulatory change on economic welfare and competitiveness of innovation-intensive firms. Confirmed participants include leading researchers in the fields of law and economics, management science, patent law, media management and sociology.
The Workshop is open to all faculty, early career and PhD researchers conducting research on any topic relevant to the theme. Lunch will be provided at the close of the workshop.
To register, please contact Dr. Kristofer Erickson with the subject line ‘IP Workshop’. We ask that prospective registrants provide a short description of their research interests and current projects underway. Places are limited, so please register by email early.
Wednesday 16th March: Rufus Pollock Lecture on ‘Making an Open Information Age’
17:00-18:30 pm | East Quad Lecture Theatre, Room 226, Main Building
Dr. Rufus Pollock will speak on the role that open information might play in creating a more prosperous and equitable future. This talk will explore the road ahead and explain why we can and must create a world of open information and its implications for our technology, politics, laws and economics.
The talk will be presented at a level that is suitable for both specialists and the general public. It is for anyone interested in the coming information age and its impact on society.
About the Speaker: Dr Rufus Pollock is Founder and President of Open Knowledge, an international non-profit using advocacy and digital technology to empower people with the information and skills to understand and make a difference to the things they really care about. He was formerly a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and a Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge and remains an Associate of the Centre for Information and Intellectual Property Law at Cambridge. He is an adviser on open data to several governments and has worked extensively as a scholar, activist and technologist on the social, legal and technical challenges surrounding the creation and sharing of knowledge.
To register for free tickets to the 16th March Public Lecture, please continue to the event booking page below: