Department of Strategy and Innovation

Lars Bo

Room: KIL/14.A-2.82

Lars Bo Jeppesen is a professor at Copenhagen Business School where he holds a position in Management of Innovation at the Department of Strategy & Innovation.

Lars is an expert on innovation as it relates to co-development with users, crowd sourcing, crowd funding, and technology platforms. His 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.

He has collaborated with various leading companies on innovation strategy and advised governments in Europe and Asia on innovation policy development. 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 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, MIT, and NASA Tournament Lab at Harvard University.

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




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Curriculum Vitae
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Selected publications
  • Miric, M., Boudreau K., Jeppesen, LB. Profiting From Their Digital Innovation. Research Policy. Forthcoming
  • Dahlander L., Jeppesen LB. Piezunka, H., Organizing Search Using Crowds, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Forthcoming. 
  • 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 sorted by:
Linus Dahlander; Lars Bo Jeppesen; Henning Piezunka / How Organizations Manage Crowds : Define, Broadcast, Attract, and Select.
In: Managing Inter-organizational Collaborations: Process Views. . ed. /Jörg Sydow; Hans Berends. Bingley : Emerald Group Publishing 2019, p. 239-270 (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 64)
Book chapter > peer review
Milan Miric; Kevin J. Boudreau; Lars Bo Jeppesen / Protecting Their Digital Assets : The Use of Formal & Informal Appropriability Strategies by App Developers.
In: Research Policy, Vol. 48, No. 8, 10.2019
Journal article > peer review
Kevin J. Boudreau; Lars Bo Jeppesen; Milan Miric / Digital “Mash-ups,” Patents, and Copyright
Paper presented at DRUID18 Conference, 2018
Paper > peer review
Kevin J. Boudreau; Lars Bo Jeppesen; Toke Reichstein; Francesco Rullani / Entrepreneurial Crowdfunding without Private Claims
: SSRN: Social Science Research Network 2017, 41 p. (Harvard Business School Strategy Unit Working Paper, No. 16-038)
Working paper
Kevin J. Boudreau; Lars Bo Jeppesen; Toke Reichstein; Francesco Rullani / Crowdfunding as 'Donations' : Theory & Evidence.
Boston : Harvard Business School 2015, 37 p. (Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 16-038)
Working paper
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 > peer review
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 > peer review
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 > peer review
Julie Vig Albertsen; Lars Bo Jeppesen; Dennis Roy Hansen; Mads Frederiksen; Mikkel Andreas Thomassen / Brugerbehov og brugerdreven innovation i byggeriet : En statusrapport.
København : Erhvervs- og Byggestyrelsen 2007, 76 p.
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
Journal article > peer review
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Academic Interests

Research Projects
Outside activities
Year Name of contractual partner Type of activity
2016 Core Company Innovation advise and concept development
2017 Core Company Innovation advise and concept development