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Main Title: How User-Innovators Pave the Way for a Sustainable Energy Future: A Study among German Energy Enthusiasts
Author(s): Grosse, Matti
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: The existence of user-innovators in the household sector is undeniable. Prior research provided evidence on the vast scope of product developments by household sector users and documented a large set of individual user-innovator characteristics to explain their behavior. What has largely been neglected as a potential source of user innovation activities are product- and technology-specific factors. This study aims to fill this gap by identifying and analyzing user-innovators in Germany. On the basis of the results of a large-scale survey on German energy enthusiasts, we find dissatisfaction with existing products and time-consuming implementation as the main drivers of user innovation in our setting. The results show a negative correlation between data security concerns and the likelihood of becoming a user-innovator, pointing towards the maker culture among user-innovators. As an implication of our work, we provide a roadmap for all stakeholders aiming to harness the potential of user-innovators for future open innovation eco-systems.
Issue Date: 2018
Date Available: 21-Jan-2019
DDC Class: 333 Boden- und Energiewirtschaft
690 Hausbau, Bauhandwerk
Subject(s): user innovation
open innovation
smart energy
energy transition
Sponsor/Funder: DFG, 325093850, Open Access Publizieren 2017 - 2018 / Technische Universität Berlin
Journal Title: Sustainability
Publisher: MDPI
Publisher Place: Basel
Volume: 10
Issue: 12
Publisher DOI: 10.3390/su10124836
Page Start: 4836
EISSN: 2071-1050
Appears in Collections:FG Innovationsökonomie » Publications

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