Managing Innovation: Emerging Trends

Am Innovation curve diagram demonstrating that innovations by lead users precede equivalent commercial products.

Innovations by lead users precede equivalent commercial products, figure 10.1 from Democratizing Innovation, the text from the class. (Image by Prof. Eric von Hippel.)


MIT Course Number


As Taught In

Spring 2005



Cite This Course

Course Description

Course Features

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of lecture notes and a link to the online version of the class textbook in the readings section.

Course Description

Important emerging trends in innovation are identified, and their implications for innovation management are explored. Major topics to be discussed include the trend to open information ("open source") rather than protected intellectual property; the distribution of innovation over many independent but collaborating actors; and toolkits that empower users to innovate for themselves.

Related Content

Eric von Hippel. 15.352 Managing Innovation: Emerging Trends. Spring 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

For more information about using these materials and the Creative Commons license, see our Terms of Use.