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Lead User Innovation and the UK Outdoor Trade since 1850

Parsons, M C and Rose, M B (2009) Lead User Innovation and the UK Outdoor Trade since 1850. Working Paper. Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, Lancaster University.

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    Abstract

    This article explores lead user innovation in the UK outdoor trade since 1850. The long term perspective allows an analysis of the changing role and impact of lead user sports people on clothing and equipment for mountaineering and other outdoor activities. Lead user innovation is where the users themselves, as those with the best understanding of their demands, innovate to produce what they need. They benefit from using rather than selling the product in the first instance. Along term perspective demonstrates significant changes in sporting needs, technology, manufacturing organization, business methods and communications. It highlights the importance of shared practice, learning by doing and learning by using in the innovation process where sometimes disruptive innovation occurs where communities of practice meet. This article traces the relationship between the development and impact of lead user innovation and the way these were shaped by sporting and business changes.

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Lead users ; innovation
    Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School
    Lancaster University Management School > Institute for Enterprise & Entrepeneurial Development (IEED)
    ID Code: 48970
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 22:25
    Refereed?: No
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 01:19
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/48970

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