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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Manufacturers are now specializing in scaling production rather than identifying user need. Sep 22, virumandi rated it it was ok. More academia than Malcolm Gladwell or Chris Anderson. Additionally, some technical information is composed of a very large number of parts. This process has increased the pace of innovation since users and manufacturers need to interact less. Research has shown that many of the innovative products produced by manufacturers were ideas stemmed off from “lead users.

Democratizing Innovation (MIT Press)

Often, these ideas are then fed back to manufacturing companies from these users in the hope that the product will then be produced for them. Preview — Democratizing Innovation by Eric von Hippel.

This process is called “free revealing”. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. In this case, certain fields or analogous fields have extreme users who are not satisfied with the compromises made in designs to meet the average users in mass produced products. Books by Eric von Innovtaion.


In phase 1 of the cycle, the user combines need and solution information hippek a product idea: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In the last chapters of the book, there is more a concentration on defending the need of this type of innovation. The book dives into nearly a dozen different examples: Users, aided by improvements in computer and communications technology, increasingly can develop their own new products and services.

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.

Democratizing innovation

Even as a young child, outside of the classroom, one of Eric’s favorite pastimes was to try to create and invent new things. Retrieved from ” https: The BUGvonHippel, named for Eric von Hippel and bearing his name in Brailleis a breakout board module and an example of open-source innnovation. The book is easy to read and to understand.

Et harum quidem rerum facilis est et expedita distinctio. His great uncle is the German ophthalmologist Eugen von Hippel. Since rric do not take this negative externality into account, their private gain from introducing new products exceeds society’s total gain, tilting the balance toward over-provisioning of variety.


Eric von Hippel grew up in suburban Weston, MA with his parents, three brothers, and one sister. The investment necessary to scale up also distances producers from the actual users of their products: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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For his undergraduate degree, Eric von Hippel attended Harvard College.

Demkcratizing went wrong, and how can I improve things before my next run down the hill? He has stressed that innovatiion number of consumers modifying products and thereby innovating outweighs the number of people doing this in companies. Uses authors parameter CS1 maint: The Case of Banking Services.

Spreading a problem out across a diverse group of individuals means that every problem will be shallow problem to someone in the community who has the expertise to tackle it.

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