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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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Next Steps for Free Innovation Research and Practice

Next Steps for Free Innovation Research and Practice

(p.141) 11 Next Steps for Free Innovation Research and Practice
Free Innovation

Eric von Hippel

The MIT Press

This chapter suggests several ways to make progress in free innovation research, policymaking, and practice. It sets expectations for the role the free innovation paradigm might play in these efforts; compares and contrasts the research lenses offered by free innovation, user innovation, peer production, and open innovation; and proposes steps to improve the measurement of free innovation. Next the chapter suggests research steps for incorporating free innovation into innovation theory and policymaking. Finally, this chapter looks at how the free innovation paradigm can help us to understand the economics of household sector creative activities even beyond innovation, such as “user-generated content” ranging from fan fiction to contributions to Wikipedia.

Keywords:   free innovation, free innovation research, free innovation paradigm, innovation theory, policymaking, household sector, creative activities

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