User innovation and the market
AbstractThis paper proposes a way of including in official statistics consumers as user innovators who modify or develop products for their own use. The issue addressed is the role of the market in the definition of innovation in the OECD/Eurostat Oslo Manual and the exclusion by the definition of consumers who modify or develop products and then freely reveal the knowledge gained to others. A modest proposal is made for a change to the definition which also has implications for the measurement of innovation in the public sector. The policy implications of user innovation by consumers and by firms are considered along with the importance of including consumer user innovation in official statistics. The paper ends with a programme for future work.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by United Nations University, Maastricht Economic and social Research and training centre on Innovation and Technology in its series UNU-MERIT Working Paper Series with number 009.
Date of creation: 2011
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User innovation; consumer innovation; public sector innovation; official statistics;
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- D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
- H00 - Public Economics - - General - - - General
- O31 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
- O33 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
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- NEP-ALL-2011-04-23 (All new papers)
- NEP-INO-2011-04-23 (Innovation)
- NEP-KNM-2011-04-23 (Knowledge Management & Knowledge Economy)
- NEP-TID-2011-04-23 (Technology & Industrial Dynamics)
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