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Overview of Free Innovation

Eric von Hippel

in Free Innovation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780262035217
eISBN:
9780262335461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035217.003.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

This chapter introduces the concept of “free innovation,” which entails innovations developed and given away by consumers as a “free good,” with resulting improvements in social welfare. It ... More


Free Innovation

Eric von Hippel

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780262035217
eISBN:
9780262335461
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035217.001.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

This book integrates new theory and research findings into the framework of a “free innovation paradigm.” Free innovation, as the book defines it, involves innovations developed by consumers who are ... More


Next Steps for Free Innovation Research and Practice

Eric von Hippel

in Free Innovation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780262035217
eISBN:
9780262335461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035217.003.0011
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

This chapter suggests several ways to make progress in free innovation research, policymaking, and practice. It sets expectations for the role the free innovation paradigm might play in these ... More


Viability Zones for Free Innovation

Eric von Hippel

in Free Innovation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780262035217
eISBN:
9780262335461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035217.003.0003
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

This chapter explores the conditions under which innovation pays for both free innovators and producers. Drawing heavily upon previous research, the chapter defines and describes three basic ... More


Division of Labor between Free Innovators and Producers

Eric von Hippel

in Free Innovation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780262035217
eISBN:
9780262335461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035217.003.0006
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

This chapter explains the value of a division of innovative labor between free innovators and producer innovators. As previous studies show, both social welfare and producer profits very generally ... More


The Broad Scope of Free Innovation

Eric von Hippel

in Free Innovation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780262035217
eISBN:
9780262335461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035217.003.0008
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

This chapter shows that free innovation extends well beyond product innovation—the type of innovation focused upon by almost all studies of household sector innovation to date. It reviews ... More


Tightening the Loop between Free Innovators and Producers

Eric von Hippel

in Free Innovation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780262035217
eISBN:
9780262335461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035217.003.0007
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

This chapter looks at how both free innovators and commercial project sponsors are increasingly competing to “tighten the loop” between themselves and free innovators to obtain a larger share of ... More


Personality Traits of Successful Free Innovators

Eric von Hippel

in Free Innovation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780262035217
eISBN:
9780262335461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035217.003.0009
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

This chapter identifies personality traits significantly associated with successful free innovation in the household sector. It draws upon a 2016 study conducted among a sample of 546 German ... More


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