How good are ideas identified by an automatic idea detection system?

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  • Kasper Christensen, Nofima A/S, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norge
  • Joachim Scholderer
  • Stine Alm Hersleth, Nofima A/S
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  • Tormod Næs, Nofima A/S, University of Copenhagen, Norge
  • Knut Kvaal, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
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  • Torulf Mollestad, Acando
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  • Nina Veflen, Nofima A/S, BI Norwegian Business School
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  • Einar Risvik, Nofima A/S

Online communities can be an attractive source of ideas for product and process innovations. However, innovative user-contributed ideas may be few. From a perspective of harnessing “big data” for inbound open innovation, the detection of good ideas in online communities is a problem of detecting rare events. Recent advances in text analytics and machine learning have made it possible to screen vast amounts of online information and automatically detect user-contributed ideas. However, it is still uncertain whether the ideas identified by such systems will also be regarded as sufficiently novel, feasible and valuable by firms who might decide to develop them further. A validation study is reported in which 200 posts from an online home brewing community were extracted by an automatic idea detection system. Two professionals from a brewing company evaluated the posts in terms of idea content, idea novelty, idea feasibility and idea value. The results suggest that the automatic idea detection system is sufficiently valid to be deployed for the harvesting and initial screening of ideas, and that the profile of the identified ideas (in terms of novelty, feasibility and value) follows the same pattern identified in studies of user ideation in general.

TidsskriftCreativity and Innovation Management
Sider (fra-til)23-31
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - 2018

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