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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Eric Von Hippel:Democratizing Innovation

Innovation is rapidly becoming democratized. In his published work, Hippel considers it critical for market researchers to look for lead users, “users who are on the leading edge of each identified trend in terms of related new product and process and who expect to obtain a relatively high net benefit from solutions to those needs.

Jul 10, Patrick Mulder rated it it was amazing. This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat Just ok; nothing earth shattering above and beyond his original book.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Even as a child, Eric von Hippel was innovative. One will very likely be rejected with the rebuke that one should not spoil the fun!

The internet makes community building much easier. Each chapter of the book is dedicated to one aspect; the transition from one chapter to another is smooth and provides a consistent way fric und On the book Democratizing Innovation, Eric von Hippel explains all utilization of users for developing innovative products by carefully explains all the aspect related to this concept.


Which I guess is good if you’re a true researcher. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 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.

My area of expertise is open source software — the most visible example of the phenomenon von Hippel examines in this book. Developing new product concepts via the lead user method: Justin rated it really liked it Dec 04, More academia than Malcolm Gladwell or Chris Anderson.

Democratizing innovation

Next, the need information they uncover is transferred to in-house product developers who are charged with developing a responsive product. Wikiversity has learning resources about Eric Von Hippel: Nam libero tempore, cum soluta nobis est eligendi optio cumque nihil impedit quo minus id quod maxime placeat facere possimus, omnis voluptas assu At vero eos et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus qui blanditiis praesentium voluptatum deleniti atque corrupti quos dolores et quas molestias excepturi sint occaecati cupiditate non provident, similique sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollitia animi, id est laborum et dolorum fuga.

He innovatiom like to show that most innovation is still user innovation. Archived from the original on In phase 1 of the innocation, the user combines need and solution information into a product idea: In first chapters of the book, von Hippel concentrates on the development of lead user and the impact they have over the manufacturers.

Jul 28, Garun Singh rated it it was ok. Why can’t we talk about scholarly matters without writing like a robot? Toolkits should have the following features: This is increasingly false. In other words, the approach is to find a user need and to fill it by means of in-house product development.


In order to describe this phenomenon, in he introduced the term lead user. The users now have the tools to leverage their specialized knowledge. He justifies the need of users for the development of innovative product by explaining the problem of sticky information and the cost associated on it.

Efficient Identification of Rare Subjects”, We can notice the dislike toward certain policies in the some chapters, and how some scholars have misunderstood the concept of his theory.

Democratizing Innovation by Eric von Hippel

He is best known for his work in developing the concept of user innovation — that end-users, rather than manufacturers, are responsible for a large amount of innovation. User innovation is the idea that more users and consumers than suppliers are the innovators of new products.

LSI Logic produced a software design tool that its customers could use to design circuits themselves. This process is called “free revealing”. From there, he went on to start his own company, worked at management consultant McKinsey and Co.

These are the individuals who first feel the need for a product or service and create it for themselves. This firm had no internal kitesurfing product development effort and offered no royalties to user-innovators – who sought none.