User innovation and the market

Gault, Fred (2011). User innovation and the market. UNU-MERIT.

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  • Author Gault, Fred
    Title User innovation and the market
    Publication Date 2011
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Abstract This paper proposes a way of including in official statistics consumers as user innovators who modify or develop products for their own use. The issue addressed is the role of the market in the definition of innovation in the OECD/Eurostat Oslo Manual and the exclusion by the definition of consumers who modify or develop products and then freely reveal the knowledge gained to others. A modest proposal is made for a change to the definition which also has implications for the measurement of innovation in the public sector. The policy implications of user innovation by consumers and by firms are considered along with the importance of including consumer user innovation in official statistics. The paper ends with a programme for future work.
    Keyword User innovation
    Consumer innovation
    Public sector innovation
    Official statistics
    JEL H00
    Copyright Holder UNU-MERIT
    Copyright Year 2011
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