Developing what customers really need : involving customers in innovations

M.E.A. Weber

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Abstract

Involving users in new product design and development is in itself not a new phenomenon. Academic research on the subject, however is relatively new. Since this new millennium research on user involvement in innovations has multiplied, exhibiting that firms who actively involve users in their innovation process can benefit from this initiative, even though literature also warns us for a too great and active rely on the participation of customers in innovation. However, research is mostly of a descriptive and explanatory nature, and is seldom a prescription for firm managers on what to do should they decide to involve their customers in an innovation initiative. This paper addresses this omission in literature and tries to give some first building blocks for a protocol for firms that want to involve their customers in innovations. This protocol will be the result of the authorpsilas further research on literature, previously executed projects by the author, expert interviews and a design and development process, in continuation of this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICMIT 2008
EditorsPongsvas Svast, Hung Kei Tang
Place of PublicationBangkok, Thailand
PublisherNational University of Singapore
Pages777-782
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Eventconference; 4th IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology; 2008-09-21; 2008-09-24 -
Duration: 21 Sep 200824 Sep 2008

Conference

Conferenceconference; 4th IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology; 2008-09-21; 2008-09-24
Period21/09/0824/09/08
Other4th IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology

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