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Is There a Tweaker Driving Innovation On Your Team?

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Innovation doesn’t just come from the geniuses who come up with completely original ideas. Instead, it’s tweakers like the engineers in the British Industrial Revolution and Apple’s Steve Jobs who take existing ideas and turn them into something better.

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How to Network Your Way to New Product Ideas

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What if what you know about the innovation process is wrong? That’s a question Eric von Hippel thinks companies should consider.

Von Hippel, professor of technological innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management, has spent much of his career doing research that has led him to a radical conclusion: The traditional view of the product innovation process is flawed. In the traditional view, companies get too much credit for product innovation, according to von Hippel — and users get too little.

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Five Steps for Embracing Consumer Innovation

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Five tips for how companies can work with consumer innovators, or “casual entrepreneurs,” by understanding that “lead users” are key, IDing those lead users and figuring out how to work with them (and not against them).

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Shifting Paradigms in Innovation

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Traditionally, we have tended to think of businesses (or individuals who then start businesses) as the principal source of innovative new products or services in a market economy.  But, in a thought-provoking new working paper, Carliss Y.

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Customers and service innovation

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Eric von Hippel of the MIT Sloan School has long argued that users play a larger role in product development than is commonly believed. Now, in a new working paper, Pedro Oliveira and von Hippel take a look at customers' role in innovation in a service industry: banking.

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Innovation reading

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Two innovation links of note:

1. The new issue of Deloitte Review features an interview with Eric von Hippel of the MIT Sloan School of Management -- on the state of open innovation. In the interview, von Hippel covers topics ranging from "open hardware" to why companies often resist open, user-led innovation.

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Measuring user innovation

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A new working paper examines the prevalence — and policy implications — of innovations that come from technology users.

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Do-it-yourself brand creation

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What if user communities create their own brands?  That question is explored in an intriguing recent working paper by Johann Füller and Eric von Hippel, an open innovation expert at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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The open-source hardware trend

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Technology Review  has published an interesting article about the increasing popularity of open-source hardware — and its use by companies ranging from Nokia to start-up Chumby.

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Open source…prosthetics?

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First there was open source software. Now, Scientific American reports, there's an open source prosthetics community working on better artificial hands and arms.   The reason? In the United States, the number of amputees missing an arm or hand is too small to justify a lot of commercial research and development.

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