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I’ve just released a work-in-progress monograph entitled: “Hackers and Innovation: Redefinition and Examination of Outlaw Sources of Generativity for Future Product Development Strategies (2014)” as a Wiki book.

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I discuss the origins of hacking, its heterogeneous meaning and evolution and move on to defining a new typology. I then look at hacker ethics and morals and the resultant impacts upon innovation both inside and outside firm walls. I then move on to hacking of consumer artefacts, giving various case studies and isolate at which point hacking can create a mutually beneficial source of innovation for firms with a potential positive influence on internal design trajectories within certain forms of innovation to unlock further generativity.


The current world political climate, post-economic crisis and creative industry’s aggressive responses to new disruptive technologies and innovations are forcing governments and policy makers around the World to re-address the effectiveness, suitability and relevance of long established institutions in a digitally connected and distributed World. In the pursuit of economic growth and gain, IP holders, distribution networks and content creators appropriate rents from internally generated or proprietary property. At the same time and in so doing, these institutions encroach upon strongly held ethics and values within the hacker landscape, in some cases reaching a critical intersection where the boundaries between open and proprietary developed property have become blurred with divergent goals, politics, interests, morals and power. As a result globally distributed hacker teams emerge and operate at the fringes, self-organising, governing and even innovating. The aim being open and unrestricted generation of higher value peaks than those developed internally by firms who can be held back, locked into tight internal product development cycles. This monograph is an in depth discussion of this complex environment, its origins, its dynamics and its impact between firm and hacker led innovation where the two can co-exist in a mutually beneficial and essential form. The intention is to promote discussion, inform policy and to open up the area for future academic research.

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Mike Pinder

Mike Pinder is a cross-industry business innovation expert & consultant, thought leader, author, lecturer & international keynote speaker on innovation. He's driven by using innovation to leave the world a better place than we found it. Mike is a co-founder of Wicked Acceleration Labs (an industry-academia research lab aimed at tackling wicked problems), Member of Board of Advisors at Global Innovation Institute (GInI), & Honorary Practice Fellow at Imperial College London Business School. Mike consults and leads across innovation strategy, Design Thinking, Lean Start-up, Business Model Innovation in both B2B and B2C, guiding c-level innovation strategy, innovation accelerator design, co-creation, capability programs, academic research, executive education (Exec Ed) university program design, intrapreneurship, digital transformation, sprints & more.