This article introduces ‘virtual design competitions’ as a new means of opening up the innovation process and enriching the companies, ‘design-ideas’ by utilizing the creativity of a multiplicity of external designers and enthused consumers all over the world.
The ‘Swarovski Enlightened™ jewellery design competition’, explored in this study, demonstrates the enormous potential of virtual co-creation platforms. It further highlights the importance of the co-creation experience and its impact on the quantity and quality
of designs submitted. First, we introduce the idea of virtual co-creation platforms and the requirements on the design of such a platform. Second, we explore the impact of the co-creation experience on the content contributed by participants. Our study shows that co-creation experience significantly
impacts the number of contributions by consumers as well as the quality of submitted designs. Our paper contributes to a better theoretic understanding of the impact of a participant's perceived autonomous, enjoyable, and competent experience, as well as participants' perceived sense of community
on their experience. From a managerial perspective, it provides guidance in designing successful idea and design competitions. While innovation managers may be interested in creative contributions, for participants, it is the experience which matters. Fully featured community platforms rather
than single idea submission websites are required to attract creative users to submit their ideas and designs.
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Department of Strategic Management, Marketing and Tourism, University of Innsbruck, Universitätsstraße 15, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria. ; [email protected], Email: [email protected]
Department of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt, Universitätsstraße 65–687, 9020 Klagenfurt, Austria., Email: [email protected]
Publication date: 2011-06-01