TitleDesign and Management of Web-Based Innovation Communities: A Lifecycle Approach
Publication Type04. Conference Papers
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsHallerstede, S. H., Bullinger A. C., & Möslein K. M.
Conference NameEighteenth Americas Conference on Information Systems
Conference LocationSeattle, WA, USA
KeywordsApplication Lifecycle Management, Case Study, innovation community, Open innovation, Socio-Technical Systems

Nowadays, web-based communities are a popular means to integrate external innovators into the innovation process of organizations. Combining extant research in innovation management and IS management, we integrate open innovation and application lifecycle management (ALM) to present an integrated understanding of the design and management of innovation communities. Therefore, the paper draws on an in-depth explorative case study. We describe the process of community design and management along the phases of ALM. From a socio-technical systems perspective, the manager of an innovation community has to specialize in designing and managing the social subsystem rather than the technical subsystem of an innovation community. Accordingly, we reveal that the community manager’s core asset is a specialized backend that supports these management tasks.