Editorial Reviews. Review. “Von Hippel presents a persuasive case for the benefits of encouraging lead users to innovate and a truly intriguing look at what . Democratizing Innovation has ratings and 28 reviews. Nicholas said: Oh shit this book was good. pages of are now innovating for them. Innovation is rapidly becoming democratized. Users, aided by improvements in computer and communications technology, increasingly can.

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User-innovation is different from that of manufacturers. Kindle Editionpages. He points to businesses — the custom semiconductor industry is one example — that have learned to assist user-innovators by providing them with toolkits for developing new products.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He cited the diffusion of information technology in fueling user innovation by facilitating sophisticated sharing and connection of fragmented communities of interest.

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His wife Jessie is an editor of scholarly books and journal articles and also a tennis player, his daughter Christiana has a master’s degree student hippel Public Health at Indiana University and the first recipient of the Ryan White Legacy Scholarship for her work in promoting erci health, and his son Eric James studies the Japanese language and culture independently.


Even as a young child, outside of the classroom, one of Eric’s favorite pastimes was to try to create and invent new things. Hippel hopes to measure how many users innovate and what types of people do this type of work.

He justifies the need of users for the development of innovative product by explaining the problem of sticky information and the cost associated on it. In his early years, Eric attended public school within the town, but then moved on to the Cambridge School of Weston — a private progressive school — for 8th grade, as well as his later years. My findings, and related findings by others as well, deal with innovations by lead users, not customers, and lead users are a much broader category then customers of a specific firm Eric von Hippel was one of the first to notice this trend and explore it.

Once a innovattion was encountered, the innovating builder typically developed and fabricated a solution at great speed, using skills, materials, and hipoel on hand at the construction site. This affects how we build products and how companies should tackle innovation. Research Policy19 5 Nikolaus Franke of the Vienna University of Economics and Business as a great influence in the field of product innovation.

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Democratizing innovation

Oh shit this book was good. Manufacturers are now specializing in scaling production rather than identifying user need.

Franke heads an institute on lead user innovation methods and also focuses on market research. Von Hippel argues that manufacturers should redesign their innovation processes and that they should systematically seek out innovations developed by users.

Eric Von Hippel:Democratizing Innovation

On Eric von Hippel’s website, it is stated that innovation toolkits are used to organize and support information that is shared amongst various users and producers of projects. Sometimes it is difficult to communicate all of these especially when some operating procedures or techniques are so routine, a regular practitioner may forget to include such details.


Sticky information is information that is expensive to obtain, transmit, and employ in a new location compared to where it originated. This move helped LSI grow to be one of the major players in the custom IC market and competitors were soon moving in the same direction.

Next, the need information they uncover is transferred to democraitzing product developers who are charged with developing a responsive product. The stickiness of a particular type of information can have influences on how advances are made in the field. This book provides a great summary hiplel and how people want to share know-how. If anything like this fraction of innovators holds for the overall population of hundreds of millions of people world-wide estimated to be afflicted by rare diseases, patients and their caregivers may be a tremendous potential resource to improve management and care for many who are similarly afflicted.

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Democratizing Innovation by Eric von Hippel

Return to Book Page. In phase 4, he picks himself up from an inaugural crash and thinks about the error information he has gained: Lead user identification is an essential method used by companies to identify the newest innovations in their product areas giving them crucial insight on the needs of their users. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.