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User Innovation Research Initiative

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The User Inno­va­tion Rese­arch Initia­tive is a rese­arch program which aims to deepen our under­stan­ding of the pheno­menon of user inno­va­tion and is hosted by the Insti­tute for Entre­pre­neurship and Inno­va­tion at the Vienna Univer­sity of Econo­mics & Busi­ness.

The Pheno­menon

Many Users Inno­vate: Nearly three decades of rese­arch into the sources of inno­va­tion, pioneered and still driven by Eric von Hippel (MIT), has revealed that users can be surpri­singly crea­tive and inno­va­tive.  In many cases, the users them­selves – and not manu­fac­turers – are the origi­na­tors of new products and services.

  • Empi­rical studies, for example in the fields of compu­ters, banking, petro­leum proces­sing, soft­ware, manu­fac­tu­ring processes, the semi-­con­ductor industry and many sports indus­tries like snow­boar­ding, wind­sur­fing, or kaya­king have shown that the most important inno­va­tions in the evolu­tion of indus­tries were origi­nated by users.

  • User inno­va­tion is not a rare occur­rence.  The share of user inno­va­tors in the fields studied to date range from 10% (outdoor consumer products) to almost 80% (extreme sporting commu­nities).

  • The advent of the internet has propelled user inno­va­tiveness, as it is now much easier for users to interact with other users. The results of such global user networks and commu­nities include open source soft­ware or Wiki­pedia, to name just two exam­ples.

Compa­nies and acade­mics alike are incre­a­singly sear­ching for ways to reclaim the terri­tory of user inno­va­tion for inno­va­tion manage­ment and product deve­lop­ment.

The Focus Themes

The User Inno­va­tion Rese­arch Initia­tive aims to deepen our under­stan­ding of the pheno­menon of user inno­va­tion. We search for patterns and mecha­nisms and, buil­ding on our insights, develop and improve prac­tical methods in order to harness user inno­va­tiveness for compa­nies and society overall. Our rese­arch is orga­nized in four areas:

Inter­na­tional Rese­arch Part­ners

Outstan­ding User Inno­va­tion Rese­arch Scho­lar­ship

Outstan­ding inter­na­tional rese­ar­chers who want to visit and colla­bo­rate with the User Inno­va­tion Rese­arch Initia­tive group in Vienna are provided with office space and can apply for the 'Outstan­ding User Inno­va­tion Rese­arch Scho­lar­ship' in order to faci­li­tate their stay.

Inte­rested in Colla­bo­ra­ting?

We are highly inte­rested in colla­bo­ra­ting with scho­lars as well as prac­ti­tio­ners with an inte­rest in one of the focus areas of our User Inno­va­tion Rese­arch Initia­tive.

For scho­lars: If you are inte­rested in sharing your ideas, discus­sing and presen­ting your work, or laun­ching joint projects please feel free to contact the inita­tive leader Niko­laus Franke (niko­laus.fran­ke@wu-wien.ac.at) or one of the initia­tive mana­gers (see below) for further infor­ma­tion.

For prac­ti­tio­ners: If you are inte­rested in colla­bo­ra­ting with or spon­so­ring the User Inno­va­tion Rese­arch Initia­tive group, there are many diffe­rent ways to do so. Please feel free to contact either the inita­tive leader Niko­laus Franke (niko­laus.fran­ke@wu-wien.ac.at) or one of the initia­tive mana­gers (see below) for further infor­ma­tion.

Contact

Peter Keinz
Peter Keinz

(User Communities & Crowdsourcing)

Further Rele­vant Links

A 'corners­tone' book about user inno­va­tion is 'Demo­cra­ti­zing Inno­va­tion' by Prof. Eric von Hippel (MIT). A free down­load is avail­able at:
http://web.mit.edu/evhippel/www/books.htm

A collec­tion of rele­vant rese­arch papers on user inno­va­tion is avail­able at:
http://evhippel.mit.edu/papers/

A good website on mass cust­o­miza­tion (in German) is
www.mass-­cust­o­miza­tion.de

A good website on open inno­va­tion (in German) is
www.open­in­no­va­tors.de