Exploring the incorporation of users in an innovating business unit
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Technology Management, ISSN 0267-5730, Vol. 61, no 3-4, 293-308 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The importance of user involvement has long been stressed in the innovation management literature. However, we argue that this literature does not take sufficient account to the employment and incorporation of users in innovation. Hence, we explore the role of incorporated users in innovation activities. The research was conducted in a business unit in a large medical technology company with long experience of employing and incorporating physicians and nurses in its new product development activities. Data were collected through a questionnaire and interviews with key individuals. The study reveals that the incorporation of users has an overall positive effect on innovation activities, but that this way of working also raises several managerial issues. The results show that incorporated users play several different roles in the unit as user representatives, networkers, idea promoters and change agents. Based on our findings we propose managerial implications related to the incorporation of users.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 61, no 3-4, 293-308 p.
user innovation, incorporated users, roles in innovation, medical technology, social network analysis
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-123642DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2013.052672ISI: 000318586700006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84875674259OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-123642DiVA: diva2:628226
QC 201306132013-06-132013-06-132014-09-18Bibliographically approved