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Designing the Organization for User Innovation

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There is increasing consensus among practitioners and academics alike that we are in the midst of a from producer-centered and internal innovation processes toward user-centered and open innovation processes. This induces significant changes to the design of organizations. Even though the of user innovation has been developing over a period of more than four decades, there have been only occasional intersections with the of . In this paper we aim to provide an integrated perspective of the two fields. We first identify major user innovation strategies. We then derive the implications of each on key dimensions of organizational design. We conclude with an outlook on symbiotic producer-user ecosystems and the corresponding implications for organizational design.

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