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  1. Finding Commercially Attractive User Innovations: A Test of Lead-User Theory

    Franke, Nikolaus; von Hippel, Eric; Schreier, Martin
    Firms and governments are increasingly interested in learning to exploit the value of lead-user innovations for commercial advantage. Improvements to lead-user theory are needed to inform and to guide these efforts. The present study empirically tests and confirms the basic tenets of lead-user theory. It also uncovers some new refinements and related practical applications. Using a sample of users and user-innovators drawn from the extreme sport of kite surfing, an analysis was made of the relationship between the commercial attractiveness of innovations developed by users and the intensity of the lead-user characteristics those users display. A first empirical analysis is...
    (application/pdf) - 18-oct-2016

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