Title: Barriers to user innovation: moving towards a paradigm of 'licence to innovate'?

Authors: Viktor Braun, Cornelius Herstatt

Addresses: Institute of Technology and Innovation Management, Hamburg University of Technology, Schwarzenbergstr. 95, 21073 Hamburg, Germany. ' Institute of Technology and Innovation Management, Hamburg University of Technology, Schwarzenbergstr. 95, 21073 Hamburg, Germany

Abstract: Research into the phenomenon of user innovation has been sprouting in recent years like seeds after a rainy spring. Users have been found to be an important source of innovation in many different industries. An investigation of the barriers that users face when attempting to innovate is nevertheless lacking completely. In this paper, we attempt to fill this gap by discussing various factors that can prevent users from innovating. The evolution of the seed-breeding industry will be used for illustration purposes. We will argue that the barriers to user innovation seem to be progressing, potentially indicating that a paradigm change may be imminent.

Keywords: user innovation; innovation sources; innovation locus; innovation barriers.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTPM.2007.015112

International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 2007 Vol.7 No.3, pp.292 - 303

Available online: 14 Sep 2007 *

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