The Sources Of Innovation

The Sources Of Innovation

In this book, Eric Von Hippel challenges the basic assumption that new product innovations are typically developed by product manufacturers and demonstrates that innovation occurs in different places in different industries.

Publication date: 22 Sep 1994

ISBN-10: 0195094220

ISBN-13: 9780195094220

Paperback: 232 pages

Views: 11,066

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Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Post time: 18 Jan 2007 09:18:25

The Sources Of Innovation

The Sources Of Innovation In this book, Eric Von Hippel challenges the basic assumption that new product innovations are typically developed by product manufacturers and demonstrates that innovation occurs in different places in different industries.
Tag(s): Software Libre and Open Source
Publication date: 22 Sep 1994
ISBN-10: 0195094220
ISBN-13: 9780195094220
Paperback: 232 pages
Views: 11,066
Document Type: N/A
Publisher: Oxford University Press
License: n/a
Post time: 18 Jan 2007 09:18:25
Book Excerpts:

It has long been assumed that product innovations are typically developed by product manufacturers. Because this assumption deals with the basic matter of who the innovator is, it has inevitably had a major impact on innovation related research, on firms' management of research and development, and on government innovation policy. However, it now appears that this basic assumption is often wrong.

In this book Hippel begins by presenting a series of studies showing that the sources of innovation vary greatly. In some fields, innovation users develop most innovations. In others, suppliers of innovation-related components and materials are the typical sources of innovation. In still other fields, conventional wisdom holds and product manufacturers are indeed the typical innovators. Next, Hippel explores why this variation in the functional sources of innovation occurs and how it might be predicted. Finally, Hippel proposes and test some implications of replacing a manufacturer-as-innovator assumption with a view of the innovation process as predictably distributed across users, manufacturers, suppliers, and others.

Reviews:

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:smile: "This book is worth anyone's time to read. It is thought-provoking and mind-opening, especially in light of the repeated confirmations of the theories put forth in the book since it was published."

:smile: "This book belongs in the library of anyone interested in innovation: scientists, engineers, economists, and business people."
 




About The Author(s)


Eric von Hippel is a Professor of Technological Innovation in the MIT Sloan School of Management, and is also a Professor in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division. He specializes in research related to the nature and economics of distributed and free innovation. He also develops and teaches about practical methods that individuals, open user communities, and firms can apply to improve their innovation development processes.

Eric Von Hippel

Eric von Hippel is a Professor of Technological Innovation in the MIT Sloan School of Management, and is also a Professor in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division. He specializes in research related to the nature and economics of distributed and free innovation. He also develops and teaches about practical methods that individuals, open user communities, and firms can apply to improve their innovation development processes.


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