Open Innovation and Distributed Knowledge

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Starting with examples of successful open innovation and distributed knowledge on the Internet, this paper deals with the motives behind the sometimes seemingly disinterested participation of many of the users or prosumers who generate knowledge and innovations. This will necessitate, in addition, an analysis of best practices for improving the efficiency of open and distributed innovation. We will present the case of InnoCentive in detail and make brief incursions into two other examples of distributed knowledge: open source software and Wikipedia.