15.352 Managing Innovation: Emerging Trends

Spring 2005

Innovation curve.

Innovations by lead users precede equivalent commercial products, figure 10.1 from Democratizing Innovation, the text from the class. (Image by Prof. Eric von Hippel.)

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of lecture notes and a link to the online version of the class textbook in the readings section.

Course Description

Important emerging trends in innovation are identified, and their implications for innovation management are explored. Major topics to be discussed include the trend to open information ("open source") rather than protected intellectual property; the distribution of innovation over many independent but collaborating actors; and toolkits that empower users to innovate for themselves.

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Prof. Eric von Hippel

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session