Journals Higher Education



22 September 1994

232 Pages | 2 illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195094220

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The Sources of Innovation

Eric von Hippel

Arguing that innovation will occur where there is greatest economic benefit to the innovator, von Hippel shows in this synthesis of seminal research that in certain fields end-users, suppliers, and others--rather than manufacturers--are sources of innovation, and describes how this innovation can 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.


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