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The Dynamics Of User Innovation: Drivers And Impediments Of Innovation Activities

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  • CHRISTINA RAASCH

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    (Hamburg University of Technology, Institute of Technology and Innovation Management, Schwarzenbergstraße 95, 21073 Hamburg, Germany)

  • CORNELIUS HERSTATT

    (Hamburg University of Technology, Institute of Technology and Innovation Management, Schwarzenbergstraße 95, 21073 Hamburg, Germany)

  • PHILLIP LOCK

    (Hamburg University of Technology, Institute of Technology and Innovation Management, Schwarzenbergstraße 95, 21073 Hamburg, Germany)

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    Users have proven to be a principal driving force of many innovations in different industries. Therefore, more and more firms try to identify avenues to systematically involve users into their new product development. Despite the growing interest in user-driven or user-centred innovation, both in academia and industry, the drivers and impediments affecting the evolvement of user innovation activities over time have only recently become a focus of analysis. This study aims to examine user innovation over time and contribute to the extension of the existing model of user-driven innovation to a more dynamic setting. For this purpose, we study the evolution of user innovation in a field of sports equipment, a high-performance sailboat called Moth. We analyse innovation activities over several decades based on secondary data, interviews and survey results. We find that the level of user activity does not follow a unidirectional trend, but rather develops depending on a number of contextual factors. This suggests that, given a stimulating setting, user innovation can be sustained over long periods of time.

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal International Journal of Innovation Management.

    Volume (Year): 12 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 03 ()
    Pages: 377-398

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    Keywords: User innovation; user communities; case study; dynamic analysis; drivers; impediments;

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    1. Hienerth, Christoph & von Hippel, Eric & Berg Jensen, Morten, 2014. "User community vs. producer innovation development efficiency: A first empirical study," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 43(1), pages 190-201.
    2. Praceus, Sarah & Herstatt, Cornelius, 2012. "Consumer innovation in the poor versus rich world: Some differences and similarities," Working Papers 71, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Institute for Technology and Innovation Management.
    3. Bullinger, Angelika C. & Rass, Matthias & Adamczyk, Sabrina & Moeslein, Kathrin M. & Sohn, Stefan, 2012. "Open innovation in health care: Analysis of an open health platform," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 105(2), pages 165-175.
    4. Tietze, Frank & Pieper, Thorsten & Herstatt, Cornelius, 2013. "To own or not to own: How ownership affects user innovation - An empirical study in the German rowing community," Working Papers 73, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Institute for Technology and Innovation Management.

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