Drawing Users into Innovation Policy: A Study of the Danish Policy on User-Driven Innovation

28 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2011

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Susumu Ogawa

Kobe University - Graduate School of Business Administration

Kritinee Pongtanalert

Chulalongkorn University - Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy

Stephen H. Flowers

University of Brighton - Centre for Research in Innovation Management (CENTRIM)

Date Written: September 1, 2011

Abstract

This paper is a study of how Denmark came to be the first country to recognize and formally support users as part of their innovation policy. Starting in 2007, the policy provided for grants to research institutions, universities and companies for product development. Drawing on a wealth of published information and 39 interviews of senior policymakers we document the development and implementation of this world-first policy initiative. We find that this policy is a good beginning for supporting innovative users but that it is important for policymakers to consider how users will be involved depending upon the driving innovator - producer or user. If users are the innovators, the government needs to support innovation in a different way from traditional public policies in this area.

Keywords: National Innovation System, Innovation Policy, User Innovation, Denmark

Suggested Citation

Ogawa, Susumu and Pongtanalert, Kritinee and Flowers, Stephen H., Drawing Users into Innovation Policy: A Study of the Danish Policy on User-Driven Innovation (September 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1920818 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1920818

Susumu Ogawa

Kobe University - Graduate School of Business Administration ( email )

3-7-2 Shimiyoshiyamate
Higashinada-ku
Kobe, Hyogo 658-0063, Hyogo 657-8501
Japan

Kritinee Pongtanalert (Contact Author)

Chulalongkorn University - Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy ( email )

Bangkok, 10330
Thailand

Stephen H. Flowers

University of Brighton - Centre for Research in Innovation Management (CENTRIM) ( email )

F102 Friston House
Village Way
Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PH, E. Sussex BN 1 9PH
United Kingdom

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