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MIT Sloan Management Review: Innovation by User Communities: Learning From Open Source

Aug 28, 2001, 08:45 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Von Hippel)

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"If the open-source software movement is any harbinger of future trends, manufacturing companies need to be concerned not only about what they produce, but also about what their customers might produce without them."

"What can a group of loosely organized users accomplish without product developers, factories and marketing departments? More than most manufacturers would care to admit, points out von Hippel, who is a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management."

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