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Benefits of Involving Users in Service Innovation
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Business Administration. Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Service Research Center.
2003 (English)In: European Journal of Innovation Management, ISSN 1460-1060, Vol. 6, no 4, 228-238 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Past research has demonstrated that industrial customers can, in effect, bring about product innovation among their suppliers. However, little seems to be known as to whether consumers are also potential inventors of new services. Presents results from an empirical study with the objective of exploring whether ordinary users can contribute novel service ideas regarding mobile telephony. An experimental approach was used to compare the characteristics of new services suggested by ordinary users with services suggested by professional developers. It was found that the service innovations suggested by the users were more creative and useful than those suggested by the professionals. On the other hand, the suggestions of the professionals were deemed easier to produce. Concludes with a discussion on the contributions and limitations of user involvement, wherein the organisational role of the users involved is discussed. Also makes a proposal regarding how to further investigate the potential of the user as a co-worker in the innovation process.

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Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2003. Vol. 6, no 4, 228-238 p.
Keyword [en]
User involvement, Services, Innovation, Telecommunication
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-12957DOI: 10.1108/14601060310500940OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-12957DiVA: diva2:516289
Available from: 2012-04-17 Created: 2012-04-17 Last updated: 2012-11-21Bibliographically approved

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