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How do product users influence corporate invention?

Publication ,  Journal Article
Chatterji, AK; Fabrizio, K
Published in: Organization Science
January 1, 2012

The extensive academic literature on innovation has long recognized product users as a potentially important source of ideas. Although prior work has primarily focused on understanding the unique motivations and knowledge that allow users to generate their own innovations, we extend existing theory to investigate the contribution of users to corporate invention. We draw on the knowledge-based view of the firm, evolutionary theory, and the user innovation literature to theorize that corporate inventions that integrate user knowledge will be of greater importance, contribute to a broader set of follow-on technologies, and occur earlier in the product life cycle than other corporate inventions do. We test these propositions with a large data set of medical device inventions. We find support for our predictions and discuss the implications of our results for the theoretical and empirical literature on organizational innovation. © 2012 INFORMS.

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Published In

Organization Science

DOI

EISSN

1526-5455

ISSN

1047-7039

Publication Date

January 1, 2012

Volume

23

Issue

4

Start / End Page

971 / 987

Related Subject Headings

  • Business & Management
  • 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
  • 3505 Human resources and industrial relations
  • 1505 Marketing
  • 1503 Business and Management
 

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Chatterji, A. K., & Fabrizio, K. (2012). How do product users influence corporate invention? Organization Science, 23(4), 971–987. https://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.1110.0675
Chatterji, A. K., and K. Fabrizio. “How do product users influence corporate invention?Organization Science 23, no. 4 (January 1, 2012): 971–87. https://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.1110.0675.
Chatterji AK, Fabrizio K. How do product users influence corporate invention? Organization Science. 2012 Jan 1;23(4):971–87.
Chatterji, A. K., and K. Fabrizio. “How do product users influence corporate invention?Organization Science, vol. 23, no. 4, Jan. 2012, pp. 971–87. Scopus, doi:10.1287/orsc.1110.0675.
Chatterji AK, Fabrizio K. How do product users influence corporate invention? Organization Science. 2012 Jan 1;23(4):971–987.

Published In

Organization Science

DOI

EISSN

1526-5455

ISSN

1047-7039

Publication Date

January 1, 2012

Volume

23

Issue

4

Start / End Page

971 / 987

Related Subject Headings

  • Business & Management
  • 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
  • 3505 Human resources and industrial relations
  • 1505 Marketing
  • 1503 Business and Management