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Portrait: Eric von Hippel, User Innovation, and FOSS

Oct 16, 2008, 18:34 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The traditional concept of innovation, defined by Joseph Schumpeter in 1934 in The Theory of Economic Development, is that manufacturers are the ones who develop new products for users. By contrast, von Hippel suggests that users can be a major source of innovation. In fact, in some cases, such as the construction of scientific instruments, users can be as responsible for as much as 80% of new products, although usually the percentage is much lower."

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