Monetising tangible product ideas: How the digitalisation of resources affects independent inventors

Kroon, F.A. (2017) Monetising tangible product ideas: How the digitalisation of resources affects independent inventors.

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Abstract:This thesis addresses the relation between the digital revolution and independent inventors on the micro-level, with a focus on products with low to moderate complexity. The purpose is to stimulate innovative activity by means of getting insight in how the approachability of the invention process can be increased for the layperson and how self-efficacy of budding inventors can be increased. The research question has been answered along four consecutive sub questions covering the independent inventor’s innovation process, resources and performance. A dataset of sixty-one interviews has been used, as well as both academic and non-academic literature. It is found that the digitalisation of resources has a profound positive effect on independent inventors in terms of performance, resource availability and resource acquiring capability. Independent inventors become more autonomous and social skills become less important. However, it was also found that skills related to processing excessive amounts of information and computer-aided design software moderate the relation between the inventor’s input and performance.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72890
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