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.