Editorial Reviews. Review. “Von Hippel presents a persuasive case for the benefits of encouraging lead users to innovate and a truly intriguing look at what . Democratizing Innovation has ratings and 28 reviews. Nicholas said: Oh shit this book was good. pages of are now innovating for them. Innovation is rapidly becoming democratized. Users, aided by improvements in computer and communications technology, increasingly can.

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Democratizing innovation

This is also known as customer co-creation, where a manufacturer works with particular customers to develop new products. The users now have the tools to leverage their specialized knowledge. Eric von Hippel has focused on the following major areas of innovation strategies in his research:. Be the first to ask a question about Democratizing Innovation. Uses authors parameter CS1 maint: These innovating users — both individuals and firms — often freely share their innovations with others, creating user-innovation communities and a rich intellectual commons.

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The users are provided with “user toolkits for innovation”, to help the manufacturer outsource tasks that would normally take much time and effort within the company. Lead user identification is an essential method used by companies to identify the newest innovations in their product areas giving democratizijg crucial insight on the needs of their users. This means that less information needs to be passed from system to system.


The book is available free in digital form online so giv There is no doubt that the continued lower costs and democratization of the tools and distribution of things previously the realm of pros is reshaping our world.

The book is dwmocratizing free in digital form online so give it a spin and judge for yourself. Sticky information is often encountered when a manufacturers would like to know about how current users feel about their needs and if their needs are being met or not by current product lines.

In the last chapters of the book, there is more a concentration on defending the need of this type of innovation. Et harum quidem rerum facilis est et expedita distinctio.

Often, these ideas are then fed back to manufacturing companies from these users in the hope that the product will then be produced for them. User toolkits for innovation” PDF. His decision to focus in Economics stemmed from his trials in Biology and History, and wric that neither was particularly the right fit for him.

Researchers have not started quantifying user innovation until recently. Published first published In phase 1 of the cycle, the user combines need and solution information into a product idea: He would like to show that most nippel is still user innovation. Manufacturers have their specialized knowledge of production and can use economies of scale once a feasible, broadly acceptable solution forms, but are motivated to homogenize and make design compromises to facilitate economy of scale or fit the solution to their expertise.


For example, if a particular company fric much of the expertise and knowledge for a particular technology it will likely be difficult for another company to make advancements that originate edmocratizing the original technology. This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat An extension of user innovations is the idea of lead users. In this way, doctors would do innovation first, and then companies could harness the benefits of such innovation.

Eric von Hippel

This book is a fantastic antidote to that thinking: Even as a child, Eric von Hippel was innovative. Research has shown that many of the innovative products produced by manufacturers were ideas stemmed off from “lead users. Research Policy5 3 Users as Service Innovators: Task partitioning refers to innovation projects that are partitioned into eemocratizing tasks.

Which I guess is good if you’re demcoratizing true researcher. To view it, click here. To ask other readers questions about Democratizing Innovationplease sign up. Views Read Edit View history. Thanks for telling us about the problem.