Management of the Fuzzy Front End of Innovation

  • Oliver Gassmann
  • Fiona Schweitzer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Conceptual Part

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Oliver Gassmann, Fiona Schweitzer
      Pages 3-14
    3. Kurt Gaubinger, Michael Rabl
      Pages 15-30
    4. Marco Zeschky, Oliver Gassmann
      Pages 49-58
    5. Oliver Gassmann, Sascha Friesike, Michael Daiber
      Pages 75-87
    6. Oliver Gassmann, Karolin Frankenberger, Michaela Csik
      Pages 89-97
    7. Martin A. Bader, Oliver Gassmann, Nicole Ziegler
      Pages 99-107
    8. Ellen Enkel, Sebastian Heil
      Pages 109-124
    9. Stefan Thomke
      Pages 125-140
    10. Sascha Friesike, Oliver Gassmann
      Pages 159-177
    11. Markus Kretschmer
      Pages 179-191
  3. Practical Cases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Stephan Rahn
      Pages 195-199
    3. Patricia Sandmeier Kahmen, Petr Korba
      Pages 201-206
    4. Wolfgang Plischke, Jürgen Heubach, Stephan Michael Maier
      Pages 207-212

About this book


This book shows the patterns of the fuzzy front end of innovation and how it can be managed successfully. Topics in this book cover traditional instruments and processes such as technology monitoring, market-oriented research management, lead-user developments, but also modern approaches such as frontloading, user community-driven innovation, crowdsourcing, anthropological expeditions, technological listening posts in global R&D settings, cross-industry innovation processes, open innovation, and IP cycle management. Contributions are based on latest research and cases studies on this new paradigm. The authors investigate this phenomenon, linking the practice of the early innovation phase to the established body of innovation research. Conceptional articles will be complemented by case studies of selected firms with successful practices in managing the fuzzy front end of innovation. Lessons learned with success factors and checklists complement each chapter.​


Crowdsourcing Fuzzy Front End of Innovation Lead User Developments Open Innovation Technology Monitoring User Community Driven Innovation

Editors and affiliations

  • Oliver Gassmann
    • 1
  • Fiona Schweitzer
    • 2
  1. 1.University of St. Gallen Institute of Technology ManagementSt. GallenSwitzerland
  2. 2.Innovation and Product ManagementUniversity of Applied Sciences Upper AustriaWelsAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-01055-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-01056-4
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