User-Driven Innovation

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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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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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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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Software-Based Innovation

A revolution is now underway. Most innovation occurs first in software.1 And software is the primary element in all aspects of innovation from basic research through product introduction:Software provides the critical mechanism through which managers can lower the costs, compress the time cycles, and increase the value of innovations.

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