July 31, 2006
News & Opinion: Citizen Innovation
HBS Working Knowledge has a Q&A with HBS professor Carliss Baldwin. She has been doing work on the citizen innovation with Eric von Hippel and Christopher Hienerth. I think the piece has some interesting things to say the idea of user innovation. These three looked at the sport of rodeo kayaking and studied the evolution of equipment. I think most interesting is the inflection point where innovation is tapped out by the user community and companies enter the market and drive down costs.
If you are interested in the topic, I would also point you to the ChangeThis manifesto written by Eric von Hippel titled Citizen Innovator.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.