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  1. Satisfying Heterogeneous User Needs via Innovation Toolkits: The Case of Apache Security Software

    Franke, Nikolaus; von Hippel, Eric
    User needs for a given product type can be quite heterogeneous. Segmenting the market and providing solutions for average user needs in each segment is a partial answer that will typically leave many dissatisfied - some seriously so. We hypothesize that providing users with "toolkits for user innovation" to enable them to more easily design customized products for themselves will increase user satisfaction under these conditions. We test this hypothesis via an empirical study of Apache security software - "open source" software that is designed to be modifiable by skilled users. We find that heterogeneity of need is high, and that...
    (application/pdf) - 18-oct-2016

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