The Sources of Innovation

The Sources of Innovation

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It has long been assumed that new product innovations are typically developed by product manufacturers, an assumption that has inevitably had a major impact on innovation-related research and activities ranging from how firms organize their research and development to how governments measure innovation. In this synthesis of his seminal research, von Hippel challenges that basic assumption and demonstrates that innovation occurs in different places in different industries. Presenting a series of studies showing that end-users, material suppliers, and others are the typical sources of innovation in some fields, von Hippel explores why this variation in the qfunctionalq sources of innovation occurs and how it might be predicted. He also proposes and tests some implications of replacing a manufacturer-as-innovator assumption with a view of the innovation process as predictably distributed across users, manufacturers, and suppliers. Innovation, he argues, will take place where there is greatest economic benefit to the innovator.Double- Acting Hydraulic Cylinders The pistons of double-acting hydraulic cylinders can be moved both in and out by the application of hydraulic force. In contrast, the pistons of single-acting hydraulic cylinders can only be moved in oneanbsp;...

Title:The Sources of Innovation
Author:Eric von Hippel
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 1988


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