Design artifacts in online innovation communities are increasingly becoming a primary source of innovation for organizations. A distinguishing feature of such communities is that they are organized around design artifacts, not around people. The search for novel innovations thus equates to a search for novel designs. This is not a trivial problem since the novelty of a design is a function of its relationship to other designs, and this relationship changes as each design is added. These relations between artifacts affect both consumption and production. Moreover, these relations form a landscape whose structure affects the emergence of novelty.
KYRIAKOU, H., NICKERSON, J.V. et MAJCHRZAK, A. (2022). Novelty and the Structure of Design Landscapes: A Relational View of Online Innovation Communities. MIS Quarterly, 46(3).