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Intermediate Users as a Source of Innovation in a Development Context: Empirical Evidence and Theory

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  • Kinsuk Mani Sinha
  • Pamela Adams
  • Franco Malerba
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    This study proposes that individual intermediate users in resource-poor environments represent a source of innovation. The paper first surveys the empirical evidence of user innovation in various developing countries and then examines some cases of user innovation in India. On the basis of the cases examined, the paper proposes an appreciative theory and then a formal model of the innovation process by users in a development context. This process is driven by the unmet, low-cost and functional needs of users, users’ contextual know-how and experience, and users’ knowledge of, and ability to learn from, the local context.

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    Paper provided by Globelics - Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems, Aalborg University, Department of Business and Management in its series Globelics Working Paper Series with number 2015-14.

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    Date of creation: 2015
    Handle: RePEc:aal:glowps:2015-14
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