The Sources of Innovation

The Sources of Innovation


By (author) Eric Von Hippel

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 234mm x 15mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 27 April 1995
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195094220
  • ISBN 13: 9780195094220
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: line figures, tables
  • Sales rank: 740,275

Product description

This seminal book has become essential reading for students taking courses in technology management and innovation, and for managers who are responsible for strategic planning. The author shows how the initiative to innovate can come not only form a manufacturer, but also from suppliers, and customers. The author calls these "lead users", and the term has come into the business lexicon. A video course based on the book was produced by the MIT TV department and has been distributed to many business schools. The Sources of Innovation has become essential to an understanding of how and where technological innovation takes place. For the first time, the book shows how the assumption that technological innovation is generated by manufacturers is inaccurate. Innovation takes place where it creates the most value, and that can be in a variety of locations, from suppliers to end users. Understanding this fact can facilitate the innovation process, leading to faster and better processes and products.

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Table of contents

Chapter 1: The functional source of innovation; general patterns; economic explanation; shifting and predicting the sources of innovation; innovation as a distributed process. Chapter 2: Users as innovators. Chapter 3: Variations in the functional source of innovation. Chapter 4: Why does the functional source of innovation vary? How do innovators benefit from innovations? Do benefit expectations differ? Chapter 5: The hypothesis in testable form; methods; five empirical studies; discussion. Chapter 6: Shifting the functional source of innovation. Chapter 7: Root of the problem: market research constrained by user experience; Lead users as a solution; testing the method; discussion. Chapter 8: Innovation cooperation between competing firms; applications for innovation management.