Call for Papers: Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management


Open and user innovation has gained momentum since the Internet has turned online communities and crowds into powerful sources of innovation. Within this context organizations are experimenting with a variety of new and modified innovation research approaches promoting the role of customers and ecosystem participants as valuable co-creators of products and services. With these developments, the nature of corporate innovation is changing over time. Especially the terms Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding have gained in popularity in describing how to integrate “the crowd” into new product development and entrepreneurial activities.


This CFP would like to explore in detail how the large-scale outsourcing of two key functions such as the creative identification of solutions to innovation problems (crowdsourcing) and the funding for innovation projects (crowdfunding) have changed how organizations innovate.


Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding leverage their disruptive power by using the “crowd” as a lever to build a new type of large-scale outsourcing. Specific emphasis is given to how the multiple roles of the participants, from provider of ideas to users, customers, investors, or brand ambassadors, create intended and unintended impacts on market structure and might introduce new opportunities and challenges for innovation management.


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