Democratizing Innovation

Written by Eric Von Hippel, a Professor of Technological Innovation in the MIT Sloan School of Management, this online business textbook discusses the growing trend of consumers driving innovation rather than consumers waiting for manufacturers. It discusses the societal benefits of user-centric innovation and how this shift is changing the business world.

Table of Contents for Democratizing Innovation

  1. Introduction and Overview
  2. Development of Products by Lead Users
  3. Why Many Users Want Custom Products
  4. Users’ Innovate-or-Buy Decisions
  5. Users’ Low-Cost Innovation Niches
  6. Why Users Often Freely Reveal Their Innovations
  7. Innovation Communities
  8. Adapting Policy to User Innovation
  9. Democratizing Innovation
  10. Application: Searching for Lead User Innovations
  11. Application: Toolkits for User Innovation and Custom Design
  12. Linking User Innovation to Other Phenomena and Fields

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