Participatory Innovation

Jacob Buur, Ben Matthews

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An increasing number of corporations engage with users in co-innovation of products

and services. But there are a number of competing perspectives on how best to integrate

these understandings into existing corporate innovation development processes. This

paper maps out three of the dominant approaches, compares them in terms of goals,

methods and basic philosophy, and shows how they may beneficially enrich one

another. We will present an industrial innovation case that has been instrumental to the

development of what we have termed ‘Participatory Innovation’. Based on this we will

list the challenges such an approach sets to innovation management, and discuss

research directions we see as fundamental to the development of the field of user-driven


Udgivelsesdato: September
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation Management
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)255-273
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 1. Sep 2008


  • User-driven innovation
  • participatory design
  • design anthropology
  • lead-users
  • co-design

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