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Harnessing employee innovation in internal crowdsourcing platforms : Lessons from Allianz UK

Benbya, Hind and Leidner, Dorothy LU (2016) International Conference on Information Systems In 2016 International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2016
Abstract

Internal crowdsourcing platforms, which enable firms to generate a large pool of ideas and connect employees to large number of colleagues, hold the potential to support employee innovation. Yet, managers face considerable difficulties when it comes to deploying such platforms in a way that generates business value. This article describes the eight years-long evolution of Allianz UK efforts to tap into its employees' ideas to drive innovation as a collective capacity. It identifies the challenges the firm faced with its internal crowdsourcing journey and describes the organizational design mechanisms adopted by leaders to address them. Our analysis reveals the necessity to adopt a configurational perspective among design elements to... (More)

Internal crowdsourcing platforms, which enable firms to generate a large pool of ideas and connect employees to large number of colleagues, hold the potential to support employee innovation. Yet, managers face considerable difficulties when it comes to deploying such platforms in a way that generates business value. This article describes the eight years-long evolution of Allianz UK efforts to tap into its employees' ideas to drive innovation as a collective capacity. It identifies the challenges the firm faced with its internal crowdsourcing journey and describes the organizational design mechanisms adopted by leaders to address them. Our analysis reveals the necessity to adopt a configurational perspective among design elements to reinforce value creation. It details the design elements adopted by the firm to harness employee innovation and distills the lessons learned along the way.

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Employee innovation, Human behavior, Idea management, Innovation platforms, Internal crowdsourcing, Organizational design, Organizational dynamics
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2016 International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2016
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Association for Information Systems
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International Conference on Information Systems
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  author       = {Benbya, Hind and Leidner, Dorothy},
  booktitle    = {2016 International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2016},
  isbn         = {9780996683135},
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  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {Association for Information Systems},
  title        = {Harnessing employee innovation in internal crowdsourcing platforms : Lessons from Allianz UK},
  year         = {2016},
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