Karim Lakhani

  • Harvard Business School

Karim Lakhani is the Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and the principal investigator of the Harvard-NASA Tournament Lab at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. Prior to HBS, Karim served as a Lecturer in the Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship group at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He specializes in the management of technological innovation in firms and communities. His research is on distributed innovation systems and the movement of innovative activity to the edges of organizations and into communities. Karim’s work has been published in Harvard Business Review, Innovations, Management Science, Nature Biotechnology, Organization Science, Research Policy and the Sloan Management Review. He is the co-editor of Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software (2007), a book on community-based innovation. He has also published teaching cases on leading organizations practicing distributed innovation such as Data.gov, Google, InnoCentive, SAP and Wikipedia. Karim was a recipient of the Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship and a four-year doctoral fellowship from Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council. He earned his Ph.D. in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.