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
The Role of Inducement Prizes

Join Us!
Register to participate in a free, one-day workshop hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, in cooperation with the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard, that will explore the role of inducement prize contests within the U.S. innovation ecosystem in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2019 from 9:00AM - 5:30PM.

Register to attend in person via our Eventbrite registration page. 

Register to view the live webcast using our Zoom registration page.

 The Keck Center of the National Academies
, 500 5th Street, NW
 Washington, DC, 20001 
 May 29, 2019, 
9:00AM – 5:30PM


Business of Sports: Lab in the Field Experiment
The Lab in the Field experiment is investigating performance effects of different feedback design choices to establish how feedback can be customized to optimize performance. LISH's study exploits a novel commercial soccer training simulator in Austria—the skills.lab—and is currently collecting data by having a sample of professional and semi-professional soccer players taking part. 

Professional soccer players like Jörg Siebenhandl, Thomas Schrammel, and Markus Pink (above) from SK Sturm Graz, which is currently playing for the Austrian championship in their highest division, are seen at the skills.lab.

This study is led by the Center of Sports and Management (CSM), headed by Prof. Sascha L. Schmidt at WHU — Otto Beisheim School of Management, a leading business school in Germany. LISH's very own Sebastian Koppers is the primary investigator for this study, working alongside Patrick Ferguson

Launching Breakthrough Technologies 
All of Launching Breakthrough Technologies, our HarvardX online course, is now available! In addition to hearing from LISH co-director Karim Lakhani, you’ll hear from UCSD’s Vish Krishnan as well as a number of founders, funders, innovators, and entrepreneurs throughout the course. Learn from their experiences about what works (and what doesn’t) when setting out to start a new venture. We provide some real-world technologies for you to practice walking through the process of technology commercialization. Register for free here.

LISH Presents at IGL2019 
Several members of LISH will present their cutting-edge innovation research at the IGL2019 Global Conference in Berlin from May 21-24. IGL is an annual conference during which LISH partners with Nesta’s Innovation Growth Lab and other innovation leaders to bring together senior policymakers, practitioners and researchers from across the globe to explore future innovation and entrepreneurship policies. We will be tweeting from the conference as Rem Koning, Misha Teplitskiy, and Haylee Ham present – watch for tweets from @LISHarvard with the hashtag #IGL2019 for updates and to join in the conversation! 

Click here more information or to register

Do Experts Listen to Other Experts? Field Experimental Evidence from Scientific Peer Review
Organizations in science and elsewhere often rely on committees of experts to make important decisions, such as evaluating early-stage projects and ideas. However, very little is known about how experts influence each other’s opinions and how that influence affects final evaluations. Here, we use a field experiment in scientific peer review to examine experts’ susceptibility to the opinions of others. We recruited 277 faculty members at seven U.S. medical schools to evaluate 47 early stage research proposals in biomedicine. In our experiment, evaluators (1) completed independent reviews of research ideas, (2) received (artificial) scores attributed to anonymous “other reviewers” from the same or a different discipline, and (3) decided whether to update their initial scores. Evaluators did not meet in person and were not otherwise aware of each other. We find that, even in a completely anonymous setting and controlling for a range of career factors, women updated their scores 13% more often than men, while very highly cited “superstar” reviewers updated 24% less often than others. Women in male-dominated subfields were particularly likely to update, updating 8% more for every 10% decrease in subfield representation. Very low scores were particularly “sticky” and seldom updated upward, suggesting a possible source of conservatism in evaluation. These systematic differences in how world-class experts respond to external opinions can lead to substantial gender and status disparities in whose opinion ultimately matters in collective expert judgment. Read More

Sustaining open innovation through a “Center of Excellence”
This paper presents NASA’s experience using a Center of Excellence (CoE) to scale and sustain an open innovation program as an effective problem-solving tool and includes strategic management recommendations for other organizations based on lessons learned. This paper defines four phases of implementing an open innovation program: Learn, Pilot, Scale and Sustain. It provides guidance on the time required for each phase and recommendations for how to utilize a CoE to succeed. Recommendations are based upon the experience of NASA’s Human Health and Performance Directorate, and experience at the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard running hundreds of challenges with research and development organizations. Read More 

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: 
  • Lack of "census" of open source software (OSS) deployment; 
  • Lack of understanding of OSS's effects on the economy and security; 
  • Little information on the top contributors to OSS; and 
  • Lack of understanding on OSS's code architecture and how it effects adoption and use. 
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
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