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Attributive Idea Evaluation: A New Idea Evaluation Method for Corporate Open Innovation Communities


  • Sven Schwarz

    (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)

  • Freimut Bodendorf

    (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)


This article introduces a new idea evaluation method, named “Attributive Idea Evaluation†(AIE), for corporate open innovation communities. AIE aims on the contextual integration of all employees’ knowledge and is based on twenty attributes. Assigning these attributes to ideas facilitates intuitive evaluations. Ranking different ideas is enabled by enclosing corresponding numerical values, correlating to success potential. The method generated convincing results when utilized to evaluate innovation ideas within a large German service company, fulfilling most of the requirements for evaluating ideas in early phases of the innovation management process. Additional discussions with the participants and an expert interview confirmed AIE’s utility, usability, and reliability.

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  • Sven Schwarz & Freimut Bodendorf, 2012. "Attributive Idea Evaluation: A New Idea Evaluation Method for Corporate Open Innovation Communities," International Journal of Knowledge-Based Organizations (IJKBO), IGI Global, vol. 2(1), pages 77-91, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jkbo00:v:2:y:2012:i:1:p:77-91

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