Johanna Mair and co-researcher Thomas Gegenhuber on how to get Open Social Innovation right

Illustration by Irene Rinaldi / Standford Social Innovation Review

Professor of Organization, Strategy and Leadership co-writes essay in Stanford Social Innovation Review, summarising lessons from German hackathons.

Hertie School Professor of Organization, Strategy and Leadership Johanna Mair has spent over a year observing German hackathons to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Working alongside fellow researcher Thomas Gegenhuber, Assistant Professor of Digital Transformation at Leuphana University Lüneburg, she studied the #WirVsVirus and #UpdateDeutschland initiatives.

Now, the pair have published major takeaways from their research in the magazine Stanford Social Innovation Review. One key message they have for readers is that gathering a large number of ideas in hackathons is just the first step.

"The road to impact needs more than new ideas. It requires combining innovation and scaling," the authors suggest.

You can read the full article here.

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