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The involvement of users in innovation processes has been addressed under different labels, for instance, user innovation, open innovation, or participatory design and from different fields such as management and innovation research, science and technology studies, or social innovation studies. The main gist of these approaches lies in reclaiming hitherto neglected aspects, perspectives, or sources of innovations, thus arguing against a top-down producer-centred models of innovation by emphasising bottom-up user-centred modes of innovation. They reconfigure ideas about pushes and pulls, about the constellations and locales in which invention and diffusion occur, and about the transformations of innovations as they emerge and evolve over time and space.
This special issue of NOvation seeks to shed light on this increasing popularity of “the user” in innovation studies. We call for contributions from diverse backgrounds that critically focus on the role of users in innovation studies, from empowerment and emancipation to valorisation and exploitation. We especially want to address the questions of why users have become popular both empirically and conceptually across a range of fields and spanning from academia to politics and civil society. How does user-centred innovation relate to more traditional models of producer-centred innovation? Which role do critical users play in innovation research? Are there specific fields in which users are seen to be more active than in others? Especially, who is considered to be a user or customer?
|Article number||6 articles|
|Journal||NOvation - Critical Studies of Innovation|
|Publication status||Published - 2022|
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Tiago Brandão (Editor-in-Chief), Cornelius Schubert (Editor), Rick Hölsgens (Editor), Vincent Blok (Editor), Lucien von Schomberg (Editor), Benoît Godin (Editor), Gérald Gaglio (Editor) & Sebastian Pfotenhauer (Editor)Feb 2021 → …
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Tiago Brandão (Editorial board member)Mar 2017 → …
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