As part of the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard's (LISH) ongoing efforts to cultivate a robust network of academics and practitioners, we are launching a newsletter that will keep you up-to-date on: 
  • Announcements and updates on events and ongoing research; 
  • New collaboration and research opportunities; and 
  • New publications and resources; 
We look forward to continuing to contribute to the growth of this exciting and robust community. 

Innovation Science Guide 
Introducing the Innovation Science Guide, a comprehensive repository of resources that range from practitioner-focused white papers to peer-reviewed journals to presentations and videos that are all related to the science of innovation. While users will find a range of resources from LISH, they will also find resources from a range of industry partners and fellow academics. Explore here

Just like summer comes and goes, people do, too. Join us in introducing new faces and saying goodbye to others. 

Misha Teplitskiy

After spending three years at LISH as a Postdoctoral Fellow, Misha Teplitskiy is now an Assistant Professor at the School of Information at the University of Michigan. He is sad to be leaving the LISH community that has been such a stimulating and friendly home, but is excited about next steps.

Kathrin Reinsberger

In August, we welcomed Kathrin Reinsberger, who joined the LISH team as a visiting fellow. She will collaborate with the lab on crowds, contests and communities until late September. She comes from the Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Vienna University of Economics and Business, where she holds a position as an Assistant Professor. Currently, Kathrin is working on finalizing a paper on participants’ self-selection in crowdsourcing contests, but is open to new ideas for joint research projects.
Chiara Iseppon
In July, LISH welcomed Chiara Iseppon who has joined the team as a visiting student. Until the end of September, she will be working on her Master thesis on the barriers to innovation contests in the Italian healthcare sector. Chiara has a Bachelor's degree in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology and she is close to finishing her studies in Management Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. She is really grateful for the opportunity and happy to have met such amazing people!    

Austin Sechrest

Austin Sechrest is departing LISH after spending the summer as a Student Research Assistant at the lab. We asked him a few questions about his time at LISH and what he's looking forward to after he leaves: 

What was your favorite thing about being a Student Research Assistant at LISH?  
Sechrest: I loved the casual feel that the office had, and I really felt like I was able to learn a lot! Everybody was really friendly and there are always new people joining the team, so it was cool to hear different perspectives from people of all sorts of backgrounds.
What kind of projects did you work on?
Sechrest: My main focus was working on a project with Patrick Ferguson looking at season ticket holder data from the Australian Football League. My projects generally revolved around using data to answer questions about sports, whether that be on or off the field.
What are you looking forward to doing next after LISH?
Sechrest: I’m excited for my last year at school and then getting ready to go into the real world! I’m hoping that the experience that I gained here will help me as I enter the workforce. My goal is to work as a data analyst for a professional sports team, and I definitely think I’ll be able to apply the skills that I gained from working here wherever I end up.

Self Publish
Looking for a way to distribute your white paper, working paper or report? Submit your resource (e.g. white paper, report, working paper, presentation or video) to the Innovation Science Guide where it will be published after a short review. Submit here

LISH, in collaboration with the Linux Foundation, kicked off the Core Infrastructure Initiative in September 2018 with a meeting at Harvard Business School where 40 members from academia and industry met to identify and explore potential research questions. These questions include: 
  • How can we create a "census" of open source software (OSS) prevalently used in the economy?
  • How can we better understand OSS's effects on the economy and security?
  • Who are the top contributors to OSS and what are their motivations?
  • How can the OSS community adopt practices to enhance the security and efficacy of all?
If you would like to be part of the network, participate in research associated with the initiative, or simply receive periodic updates sign up here.

Recently read an interesting or compelling peer-reviewed journal or working paper related to innovation science? We want to know about it! Send your recommendations for a chance to have it featured in the next newsletter! Recommend here

Workplace Knowledge Flows
How large are the gains from knowledge sharing among co-workers? What frictions prevent the spread of information, and what management practices overcome these frictions? We conducted a field experiment with three active treatments in a sales company to address these questions. (1) Encouraging workers to talk about their sales techniques with a randomly chosen partner during short meetings substantially lifted average sales revenue during and after the experiment. (2) Worker-pairs given incentives to increase joint output increased sales during the experiment, but not afterwards. (3) Worker-pairs given both treatments realized small incremental sales gains over the meetings treatment alone. Providing encouragement for workers to initiate conversations resulted in knowledge exchange; incentives were insufficient. Our results highlight the importance of managerial interventions in facilitating knowledge spillovers. Read More
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