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Free Innovation

Eric von Hippel


This book integrates new theory and research findings into the framework of a “free innovation paradigm.” Free innovation, as the book defines it, involves innovations developed by consumers who are self-rewarded for their efforts, and who give their designs away “for free.” It is an inherently simple grassroots innovation process, unencumbered by compensated transactions and intellectual property rights. Free innovation is already widespread in national economies and is steadily increasing in both scale and scope. Today, tens of millions of consumers are collectively spending tens of billions ... More

Keywords: free innovation, designer, grassroots innovation, consumer, innovation development, free innovator, pioneer, social value, social welfare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262035217
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035217.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric von Hippel, author
MIT Sloan School of Management