Please join us at the CIS 720 seminar from 4:30-5:30pm on Monday, 10/25, as we welcome back CIS alumnus Kaveh Abhari, Associate Professor of Management Information Systems at Fowler College of Business and founding Director of Digital Innovation Lab (DiLab) at San Diego State University. Dr. Abhari will present his research (“Inventing Together: The Role of Actor Goals and Platform Affordances in Open Innovation”) and reflect on his PhD journey.
With ubiquity of the Internet and social platforms, open innovation (OI) opportunities now extend to individuals with creative ideas and interests in innovation. Understanding why individuals are willing to engage in open innovation and how their diverse goals affect their participation is important for assessing the viability of various OI models and to inform platform design. In this paper, we develop a theoretical model that examines the impact of three categories of human goals––extrinsic, intrinsic and internalized extrinsic––on actors’ continuous intentions to participate in three general categories of open innovation behaviors––ideation, collaboration and socialization. The model also considers how perceived platform participation affordances mediate the influence of goals on these innovation behaviors. We validate this goals-affordances-behavior model via a field survey of participants on a Social Product Development (SPD) platform. By theorizing and empirically examining how goals influence participation in the SPD context, our study advances knowledge about open innovation behaviors, provides a foundation for future research across various OI models, and highlights practical insights for OI platform design.
Kaveh Abhari is an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems at Fowler College of Business and founding Director of Digital Innovation Lab (DiLab) at San Diego State University. He strives to make digital innovation and entrepreneurship accessible to underserved and disadvantaged communities through humane digital transformation. His current research focuses on the applications of digital platforms in democratizing innovation. He also leads federally funded research projects on inclusive and alternative education models enabled by social technologies at STEMD² R&D Group.