Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics

Lars Bo

Room: KIL/14.A-3.95

Lars Bo Jeppesen is a professor at Copenhagen Business School where he holds a position in Management of Innovation at the Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics. Lars is currently a visiting scholar at NASA Tournament Lab, Harvard University.

Lars is an expert on innovation as it relates to co-development with users, crowd sourcing, crowd funding, and technology platforms. He has collaborated with various leading companies on innovation strategy and advised governments in Europe and Asia on innovation policy development.

Lars’s research focuses on innovation management and strategy in the digital economy with a specific interest in firms’ ability of accessing and leveraging “external” innovators’ potential and its impact on innovation and firm performance.

Together with professor Eric von Hippel (MIT) Lars co-founded Danish User-Centered Innovation Lab in which he led an initiative on best practice innovation by bringing together academic researchers and leading edge companies (such as Lego. Novo Nordisk, and Coloplast) in projects to develop, test and assess new methods and tools for capturing “distributed” innovations.

Lars holds a master from University of Copenhagen and received his PhD from Copenhagen Business School. He has previously been an associate professor at Bocconi University, and a visiting scholar to universities such as Stanford University and MIT.

His work has been featured in media ranging from Financial Times and Fast Company to Nature and Science. His research has been published in a variety of management journals.



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Selected publications
  • Boudreau, K. Jeppesen LB., Unpaid Crowd Complementors:  The Platform Network Effect Mirage. Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 36, No. 12, 2014, p. 1761–1777
  • Jeppesen, L.B. and Lakhani, K.R., (2010) Marginality and Problem Solving Effectiveness in Broadcast Search, Organization Science, 21 (5) 1016-1033.
  • Jeppesen, L.B. and Laursen K., (2009) The Role of Lead users in Knowledge Sharing, Research Policy, Vol 38 (10), 1582-1589
  • Lakhani, Karim R., and Lars Bo Jeppesen. Getting Unusual Suspects to Solve R&D Puzzles. Forethought. Harvard Business Review 85, no. 5 (May 2007).
  • Jeppesen, L.B. and Frederiksen, L., (2006) Why do users contribute to firm-hosted user communities? The case of computer-controlled music instruments. Organization Science. Vol 17 (1), 45-64.
  • Jeppesen, L.B. (2005) User Toolkits for Innovation: Consumers Support Each Other. Journal of Product Innovation Management.  (22): 347–362.
  • Jeppesen, L.B. and Molin, M.J., (2003) Consumers as Co-developers: Learning and Innovation Outside the Firm. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 15 (3) 363-84. 
Publications & dissemination
Kevin J. Boudreau; Lars Bo Jeppesen / Unpaid Crowd Complementors : The Platform Network Effect Mirage.
In: Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 36, No. 12, 2014, p. 1761–1777
Journal article
Lars Bo Jeppesen; Karim Lakhani / Marginality and Problem-Solving Effectiveness in Broadcast Search
In: Organization Science, Vol. 21, No. 5, 2010, p. 1016-1033
Journal article
Lars Bo Jeppesen; Keld Laursen / The Role of Lead Users in Knowledge Sharing
In: Research Policy, Vol. 38, No. 10, 2009, p. 1582-1589
Journal article
Karim R. Lakhani; Lars Bo Jeppesen / R&D : Getting Unusual Suspects to Solve R&D Puzzles.
In: Harvard Business Review, Vol. 85, No. 5, 2007, p. 30-32
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Lars Bo Jeppesen; Lars Frederiksen / Why Do Users Contribute to Firm-Hosted User Communities? : The Case of Computer-Controlled Music Instruments.
In: Organization Science, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2006, p. 45-63
Journal article
Lars Bo Jeppesen / User Toolkits for Innovation : Consumers Support Each Other.
In: Journal of Product Innovation Management, Vol. 22, No. 4, 2005, p. 347-362
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Lars Bo Jeppesen; Måns J. Molin / Consumers as Co-developers : Learning and Innovation Outside the Firm.
In: Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2003, p. 363-383
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