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User innovation : a theoretical model and applications at SAFAN

Leenders, B.J.J. (2009) User innovation : a theoretical model and applications at SAFAN.

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Abstract:The purpose of this qualitative study is to create a better understanding on the complex topic and apply these findings at Safan. Safan is a highly innovative producer of mechanical sheet engaged in the project ‘Competences for Innovation’ reason to be part of the project was the feeling that Safan could enlarge their innovative capabilities by expanding their scope on innovative activities, and most of all by cooperating with its users. Therefore this thesis will focus on one particular strategy to improve the innovation performance of Safan: innovation. To reach this goal the following research question was formulated; In which way can current mechanisms for user innovation be optimized and which new mechanisms for user innovation can be introduced in Safan’s innovation process? To answer this question I divided the central question into two sub part (In what way should the user be involved in the innovation process a part of this research (What is the current situation at Safan concerning user innovation? Theoretical analyses In the theoretical analyses I focused on different dimensions as recognized in the user innovation li identifying these dimensions and literature study on these subjects in order to create a transparent view on relations, links and influences, and added them to my model. The next step was to search for mechanisms which could structure, guide and organize these processes.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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