Title: User innovation in public service broadcasts: creating public value by media entrepreneurship

Authors: Datis Khajeheian; Reza Tadayoni

Addresses: Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Jalal-Ale-Ahmad Str., Nasr Bridge, 14155-6311, Tehran, Iran ' Center for Communication, Media and Information Technologies, Aalborg University, Frederikskaj 12, Sydhavn, 2450, Copenhagen SV, Denmark

Abstract: This research aims to understand how public service media can encourage media entrepreneurship in the society to enrich user innovations as a source of ideas, products, contents, talent and creativity. The assumption is that media entrepreneurs turn users into sources of external creativity and develop user innovations into professional content. This study follows a qualitative approach with a document study of Denmark's public service broadcast and two interviews. Findings indicate that the commitment to quality and professional content prevents managers of PSBs from outsourcing their production to media entrepreneurs, but they trust large media companies as external producers. This research contributes to the field by proposing that public service media can foster media entrepreneurship in a society indirectly and by creating demand for external sources of creativity. Large media companies that are contract-oriented, mediate the process of meeting those demand with media entrepreneurs.

Keywords: user innovation; media entrepreneurship; public service media; DR; Danish Broadcasting Corporation; technology entrepreneurship; SMEs; public service broadcasting; value creation; public value; Denmark; quality commitment; professional content; external creativity.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTTC.2016.081635

International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, 2016 Vol.14 No.2, pp.117 - 131

Received: 29 Aug 2016
Accepted: 09 Sep 2016

Published online: 18 Jan 2017 *

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