Jonathan Sims

Assistant Professor

Academic Division: Management
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Bio

Jonathan Sims is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at Babson College, where he teaches business strategy courses at the undergraduate and MBA levels. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a BA in Political Science and Economics from Emory University. Dr. Sims' research and teaching programs lie at the intersection of strategy, entrepreneurship, and open innovation. Broadly, he is interested in how entrepreneurial companies develop and implement technology strategies in cooperation with external communities. His work has been published in journals including Strategic Organization, Industrial and Corporate Change, Industry and Innovation, and MIT Sloan Management Review. Before returning to academia, Jonathan was an entrepreneur and independent consultant to both non-profit and for-profit ventures, as well as a program manager for the Office of the CIO at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, University of Texas at Austin
  • MBA, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
  • BA, Emory University

Academic Interests

Strategy, Management, Innovation and Technology, Teaching pedagogy

Awards & Honors

  • 2018 - Babson College Deans Award in Recognition of Excellence in Teaching, Babson College
  • 2017 - 2017 BFRF Research Grant, Babson Faculty Research Fund
  • 2016 - 2016 BFRF Research Grant, Babson Faculty Research Fund
  • 2014 - Showcase Presenter at the World Open Innovation Conference, 2014 World Open Innovation Conference
  • 2011 - Inductee in the Faculty Honor Roll for outstanding teaching performance, The University of Texas McCombs School of Business
  • 2010 - Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management BPS Division

Courses

Degree Courses 2017-2018

  • MOB 3546: CONTEMPORARY STRATEGIC ISSUES IN CHILE

Degree Courses 2016-2017

  • MBA 7201: BOS CAPSTONE: THE CEO
  • MOB 7202: BOS STRATEGY

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Bogers, M., Zobel, A., Afuah, A., Almirall, E., Brunswicker, S., Dahlander, L., Frederiksen, L., Gawer, A., Gruber, M., Haefliger, S., Hagedoorn, J., Hilgers, D., Laursen, K., Magnusson, M., Majchrzak, A., McCarthy, I.P., Moeslein, K.M., Nambisan, S., Piller, F.T., Radziwon, A., Rossi Lamastra, C., Sims, J.P., Ter Wal, Anne L. J., (2017). The open innovation research landscape: established perspectives and emerging themes across different levels of analysis. Industry and Innovation, 24(1), 8-40. link
  • Seidel, V.P., Langner, B., Sims, J.P. (2017). Dominant Communities and Dominant Designs: Community-Based Innovation in the Context of the Technology Life Cycle. Strategic Organization, 15(2), 220-241. link
  • Sims, J.P., Seidel, V.P. (2017). Organizations coupled with communities: The strategic effects on firms engaged in community-coupled open innovation. Industrial and Corporate Change, 26(4), 647-665. link
  • Arena, M., Cross, R.L., Sims, J.P., Uhl-Bien, M. (2017). How to Catalyze Innovation in Your Organization. MIT Sloan Management Review, 58(4), 39-47. link

Book Chapters

  • West, J., Sims, J.P. (2018). How Firms Leverage Crowds and Other Virtual Communities for Innovation. In Allan Afuah, Christopher L. Tucci, and Gianluigi Viscusi (Ed.), Creating and Capturing Value Through Crowdsourcing.: Oxford University Press link

Presentations

  • Long-Term Open Innovation: A Longitudinal Study of Firm Engagement with External Communities
    Sims, J., West, J. Long-Term Open Innovation: A Longitudinal Study of Firm Engagement with External Communities World Open Innovation Conference, San Francisco, CA (2017)
  • Bridging ideas, frameworks, and current business challenges using Issue-Based Problem Solving
    Sims, J., Wang, R. Bridging ideas, frameworks, and current business challenges using Issue-Based Problem Solving Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, Providence, Rhode Island (2017)
  • Challenge, Champions, and Community: Open Source Communities and Healthcare Software in the Developing World
    Sims, J., Gichoy, J., Bhardwaj, G. Challenge, Champions, and Community: Open Source Communities and Healthcare Software in the Developing World Babson Faculty Research Chat, Babson Park, MA (2017)
  • Working with Open Innovation Communities
    Sims, J. Working with Open Innovation Communities Connected Commons, Babson College (2016)
  • Community at Babson, in Research, and between Us
    Sims, J. Community at Babson, in Research, and between Us Santiago, Chile Babson Alumni Club, Santiago, Chile (2016)
  • Strategic Open Sourcing: Observations on Open Source Development of Machine Learning Toolkits on GitHub
    Sims, J., Briskman, J. Strategic Open Sourcing: Observations on Open Source Development of Machine Learning Toolkits on GitHub Open and User Innovation Conference, Harvard University (2016)
  • Issue-based Problem Solving: From Management Consulting to the Management Classroom
    Sims, J. Issue-based Problem Solving: From Management Consulting to the Management Classroom Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, Canton, Ohio (2016)
  • Building Community and Trust in the Sharing Economy
    Sims, J., Erzurumlu, S. Building Community and Trust in the Sharing Economy Sustainability, Ethics, & Entrepreneurship Conference 2016, Denver, CO (2016)
  • Cooperative and Competitive dynamics among Community Allies
    Sims, J. Cooperative and Competitive dynamics among Community Allies Annual Conference of the Strategic Management Society , Denver, CO (2015)
  • Ebola: Developing a Framework for Solving Big, Societal Problems
    Bhardwaj, G., Sims, J. Ebola: Developing a Framework for Solving Big, Societal Problems Annual Conference of the Strategic Management Society , Denver, CO (2015)
  • Researching Open Innovation: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches at Different Levels
    Sims, J. Researching Open Innovation: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches at Different Levels 2015 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, BC, Canada (2015)
  • What is New About ‘Openness’? Implications for Value Creation and Value Capture
    Sims, J. What is New About ‘Openness’? Implications for Value Creation and Value Capture 2015 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, BC, Canada (2015)
  • Inbound, Outbound, and Coupled Open Innovation Practices in a Community Setting
    Sims, J. Inbound, Outbound, and Coupled Open Innovation Practices in a Community Setting 2nd Annual World Open Innovation Conference, Santa Clara, CA (2014)
  • Strategic Implications of Community Engagement: The Performance Consequences of Open Innovation Exchange Relationships
    Sims, J. Strategic Implications of Community Engagement: The Performance Consequences of Open Innovation Exchange Relationships 34th Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society: Strategies in a World of Networks, Madrid, Spain (2014)
  • Innovation and the Modern Firm: How firms Benefit from the Contributions of Communities
    Sims, J. Innovation and the Modern Firm: How firms Benefit from the Contributions of Communities 2014 Academy of Management Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (2014)
  • Is it Better to Give than Receive? Exchange Relationships between Firms & An Open Source Community
    Sims, J. Is it Better to Give than Receive? Exchange Relationships between Firms & An Open Source Community 2014 Academy of Management Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (2014)
  • Evolution of Coupled Engagement between SMEs and an Open Source Community
    Sims, J. Evolution of Coupled Engagement between SMEs and an Open Source Community 12th Annual Open and User Innovation Workshop, Boston, MA (2014)
  • Meaningful Connections: Practical Job Design Ideas for Prosocial Relationships in Management Education
    Sims, J., Rosso, B. Meaningful Connections: Practical Job Design Ideas for Prosocial Relationships in Management Education Academy of Management Teaching and Learning Conference, Lake Buena Vista, FL (2013)
  • Meaningful Connections: Practical Job Design Ideas for Prosocial Relationships in Management Education
    Sims, J., Rosso, B. Meaningful Connections: Practical Job Design Ideas for Prosocial Relationships in Management Education First Annual Academy of Management Teaching and Learning Conference, Orlando, FL (2013)
  • Firm Engagement with an Open Source Community: Preliminary findings from the Drupal Community
    Sims, J., Rosso, B. Firm Engagement with an Open Source Community: Preliminary findings from the Drupal Community Conference on Open Innovation: The Journey from Ideation to Innovation, Austin, TX (2012)
  • How Innovative are Innovation Communities, and when do Firms Care?
    Sims, J. How Innovative are Innovation Communities, and when do Firms Care? 2012 Annual Open and User Innovation Workshop, Boston, MA (2012)
  • Connecting Today with ‘Someday:’ Practical Ideas for Pro-Social and Relational Job Design in Management Education
    Sims, J., Dekas, K., Rosso, B. Connecting Today with ‘Someday:’ Practical Ideas for Pro-Social and Relational Job Design in Management Education OBTC 2012, Ontario, Canada (2012)

Service

  • Faculty Advisor to the Weissman Scholars Program
    (current)
  • Advisory Committee on Education Abroad
    (current)
  • Faculty Workload and Compensation Committee
    (2018)
  • Course Coordinator for Strategic Problem Solving (ASM3300)
    (2018)