Handbook of Research on New Product Development
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Handbook of Research on New Product Development

Edited by Peter N. Golder and Debanjan Mitra

New products are the major driver of revenue growth in today's dynamic business environment. In this Handbook, the world's foremost experts on new product development bring together the latest thinking on this vitally important topic. These thought-leading authors organize knowledge into useful and insightful frameworks covering all aspects of new product development: companies, collaborators, customers, context, markets, and performance. Managers will benefit from the handbook by expanding their knowledge of new product development and researchers will learn about opportunities to continue expanding on this body of knowledge.
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Chapter 4: Customer-driven innovation: a conceptual typology, review of theoretical perspectives, and future research directions

Gregory J. Fisher and Eric (Er) Fang

Abstract

The increasing popularity of customer-driven innovation has led to a disparate variety of approaches to feature customer participation in new product development (NPD). These diversified techniques range from leveraging widely dispersed crowds of virtually anonymous contributors, to working closely with only a few select non-representative customers, to simply observing and learning from the emergent phenomena of customer-directed activities whereby users innovate with little direction or input from firms. This chapter provides a conceptual typology for classifying different forms of customer-driven innovation. The typology relies upon dimensions from the NPD literature that describe the extent that a customer participates as an information resource or more deeply as a developer of the product, and the extent that the NPD tasks are directed predominantly by the firm or primarily by the user of the product. The typology delineates eight approaches to customer-driven innovation: crowdsourcing, community selection, co-development, downstream collaboration, lead users, Web 2.0, open source, and nonmarket innovation. Moreover, the chapter offers a table with a summary of definitions, selected relevant papers, and examples of each of these approaches to customer-driven innovation. The chapter highlights important theoretical perspectives that are frequently utilized to undertake research in this domain. To aid further research, key trends are noted that influence industry practices and reveal new avenues to investigate topics that should yield managerial insights. The chapter concludes by suggesting future research directions that provide opportunities to advance knowledge about customer-driven innovation.

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