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Eric von Hippel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035217

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035217.001.0001

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The Broad Scope of Free Innovation

The Broad Scope of Free Innovation

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Free Innovation

Eric von Hippel

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This chapter shows that free innovation extends well beyond product innovation—the type of innovation focused upon by almost all studies of household sector innovation to date. It reviews field-specific empirical studies that find significant levels of free innovation present in services, processes, marketing methods, and new organizational methods. The chapter also discusses illustrative examples of the sources of innovation across five innovation categories used in official Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) government statistics. Thus, the chapter argues that the scope of free innovation in the household sector is indeed broad—and perhaps as broad as that of producer innovation with respect to products, services, and processes of interest to consumers.

Keywords:   product innovation, household sector innovation, sources of innovation, OECD, free innovation

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