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Why Do Users Contribute to Firm-Hosted User Communities? The Case of Computer-Controlled Music Instruments
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This paper studies the key personal attributes of the individuals responsible for innovations, namely the innovative users, to explain creation of value in this organizational context and finds that innovative users are likely to be lead users, an attribute that can be assumed to affect the quality of user innovation. Expand
Marginality and Problem-Solving Effectiveness in Broadcast Search
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Female solvers---known to be in the “outer circle” of the scientific establishment---performed significantly better than men in developing successful solutions, and the value of openness is demonstrated in removing barriers to entry to nonobvious individuals. Expand
Consumers as Co-developers: Learning and Innovation Outside the Firm
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It is suggested that learning and innovation efforts from which a firm may benifit need not necessarily be located within the organization, but may well reside in the consumer environment. Expand
User Toolkits for Innovation: Consumers Support Each Other
User toolkits for innovation were recently proposed as a means to eliminate (costly) exchange of need-related information between users and manufactures in the product development process. The methodExpand
The Value of Openness in Scientific Problem Solving
Working papers are in draft form. This working paper is distributed for purposes of comment and discussion only. It may not be reproduced without permission of the copyright holder. Copies of workingExpand
Unpaid Crowd Complementors: The Platform Network Effect Mirage
Platforms have evolved beyond just being organized as multi-sided markets with complementors selling to users. Complementors are often unpaid, working outside of a price system and driven byExpand
The role of lead users in knowledge sharing
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The results support the hypothesis that lead users – due to their characteristics – are likely to possess more relevant solution knowledge and thus be centrally involved in contributing knowledge and find that search and integration of knowledge from different external sources of relevance to the community positively moderates knowledge contributions by lead users. Expand
Getting Unusual Suspects to Solve R&D Puzzles
Unpaid Crowd Complementors: The Platform Network Effect Mirage
Platforms have evolved beyond just being organized as multi-sided markets with complementors selling to users. Complementors are often unpaid, working outside of a price system and driven byExpand
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