Joel West’s
Research on Networks and Ecosystems

An important emphasis in Joel’s recent research is about how firms work with external network forms of collaborators. This includes

Much of this work is part of his larger research program on open innovation.

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Joel West, “Challenges of Funding Open Innovation Platforms: Lessons from Symbian Ltd.,” Chapter 4 in Henry Chesbrough, Wim Vanhaverbeke and Joel West, eds., New Frontiers in Open Innovation, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp 29-49. DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682461.003.0002. ISBN: 978-0-19-968246-1.

Joel West, “Open Innovation: Learning from Alliance Research,” Chapter 1 in Refik Culpan, editor, Open Innovation Through Strategic Alliances, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014, pp. 1-16. ISBN: 9781137394521.

Mary Walshok and Joel West, “Serendipity and Symbiosis: UCSD and the Local Wireless Industry,” in Martin Kenney and David Mowery, eds., Public Universities and Regional Growth: Insights from the University of California, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014, pp. 127-152. ISBN: 9780804790673

Joel West and David Wood, “Evolving an Open Ecosystem: The Rise and Fall of the Symbian Platform,” in Ron Adner, Joanne Oxley and Brian Silverman, eds., Advances in Strategic Management, Volume 30, 2013, pp. 27-68.  ISBN: 1781908265

Joel West and Michael Mace, “Browsing as the killer app: Explaining the rapid success of Apple’s iPhone,” Telecommunications Policy, 34, 5-6 (June-July 2010): 270-286. DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2009.12.002

Joel West and Karim Lakhani, “Getting Clear About the Role of Communities in Open Innovation,” Industry & Innovation, 15, 2 (April 2008): 223-231. DOI: 10.1080/13662710802033734

Joel West and Siobhán O’Mahony, “The Role of Participation Architecture in Growing Sponsored Open Source Communities,” Industry & Innovation, 15, 2 (April 2008): 145-168. DOI: 10.1080/13662710801970142

Joel West, “Does Appropriability Enable or Retard Open Innovation?” in Henry Chesbrough, Wim Vanhaverbeke and Joel West, eds., Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006, pp. 109-133.

Caroline Simard and Joel West, “Knowledge networks and the geographic locus of innovation,” in Henry Chesbrough, Wim Vanhaverbeke and Joel West, eds., Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006, pp. 220-240.

Joel West, “How Open is Open Enough? Melding Proprietary and Open Source Platform Strategies, Research Policy 32, 7 (July 2003): 1259-1285. DOI: 10.1016/S0048-7333(03)00052-0

Conference Papers

Joel West and George Kuk, “Proprietary Benefits from Open Communities: How MakerBot Leveraged Thingiverse in 3D Printing,” Academy of Management conference, Philadelphia, August 5, 2014.

Joel West, “Open Platforms Without Software: A Study of Open Source Biology,” Platform Strategy Research Symposium, Boston University, July 24, 2014.

Joel West and Ujval Kondragunta, “Open Source Communities: Challenges of Moving from Software to Biology,” 10th International Open and User Innovation Workshop, Boston, August 1, 2012.

Jonathan Sims and Joel West, “How Innovative are Innovation Communities and When Do Firms Care?” 10th International Open and User Innovation Workshop, Boston, July 31, 2012; also Strategizing Open Innovation workshop, University of Bath, School of Management, September 20, 2013.

Joel West and David Wood, “Open to Complementors: Tradeoffs of Ecosystem Management in the Symbian Mobile Phone Platform,” 1st Tilburg Conference on Innovation, Tilburg, Netherlands, June 2010.

Joel West and David Wood, “Managing Open Innovation Networks: Lessons from Mobile Phones,” 6th HBS-MIT User and Open Innovation Workshop, Harvard Business School, August 5, 2008.


Keynote Speeches

“Managing Open Innovation Through Online Communities,” Managing Open Innovation through Online Communities track, European Academy of Management 2007 conference, May 17, 2007.

Invited Presentations

“Open to Complementors: Tradeoffs of ecosystem management in the Symbian mobile phone platform,” Stanford Social Science and Technology Seminar, March 30, 2011.

“The Role of Founder Ties in the Formation of San Diego’s ‘Wireless Valley’,” NorCOM Association, June 16, 2003.

Panel Discussions

Joel West, Jonathan Sims (organizers), Karim Lakhani, Christina Raasch, Sonali Shah, Georg von Krogh (presenters), Chris Tucci (discussant), “Innovation Communities and the Modern Firm: How Firms Shape Virtual Communities to their Advantage,” presenter symposium, Academy of Management conference, Philadelphia, August 2014.

Sohyeong Kim (organizer), Luigi Marengo, Raymond Miles, Charles Snow, David Teece (presenters), Joel West (discussant), “Innovation Ecosystems: Benefits, Challenges, and Structures,” presenter symposium, Academy of Management conference, Philadelphia, August 2014.

Joel West, Kory Brown (organizers), Gina Dokko, Jason Woodard, Tim Simcoe (presenters), Shane Greenstein, Lori Rosenkopf (discussants), “Keeping, Bending, or Changing the Rules: Interfirm Interaction in Standardization,” joint symposium, Technology and Innovation Management and Business Policy and Strategy divisions, Academy of Management conference, Chicago, August 2009.

Annabelle Gawer (organizer), Carliss Baldwin, Pieter Ballon, Robert Berry, Simon Brown, Jose Collazo, Michael Cusumano, Michael Jacobides, Alberto Spinelli, Joel West, “Platform Business Models,” panel discussion, Platforms, Markets and Innovation Conference, 2 June 2008, Imperial College London.

Kory Brown, Tim Dry, Zachary Smith and Joel West, “Exploring the Inner Workings of Standard-Setting Coalitions,” Western Academy of Management conference, Oakland, Calif., March 28, 2008.

Kevin Crowston, Siobhán O’Mahony, and Joel West, “What can Wikipedia learn from Open Source Software Development?” Wikimania 2006, Boston, August 5, 2006.

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