Users as innovators: A review, critique, and future research directions

Marcel Bogers, Allan Afuah, Bettina Bastian

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What role do users play during innovation? Ever since it was argued that users can also be the sources of innovation, the literature on the role of users during innovation has grown tremendously. In this article, the authors review this growing literature, critique it, and develop some of the research questions that could be explored to contribute to this literature and to the theoretical perspectives that underpin the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)857-875
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Co-creation
  • Knowledge
  • Sources of innovation
  • Theory
  • User innovation


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