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
    5. Fiona Schweitzer, Walter Buchinger
      Pages 221-225
    6. Georg Oenbrink
      Pages 227-231
    7. Sascha Friesike
      Pages 233-236
    8. Thomas Müller-Kirschbaum, Juan Carlos Wuhrmann
      Pages 237-241
    9. Johann Füller, Sandra Lemmer, Katja Hutter
      Pages 243-249
    10. Javier Perez-Freije
      Pages 263-268
    11. Denis Eser, Kurt Gaubinger, Michael Rabl
      Pages 275-280
    12. Amir Bonakdar, Branko Bjelajac, Alexander Strunz
      Pages 281-287
    13. Kurt Gaubinger, Fiona Schweitzer, Hans-Jörg Kirchweger
      Pages 289-294
    14. Caroline V. Rudzinski, Gereon Uerz
      Pages 295-299
    15. Oliver Gassmann, Fiona Schweitzer
      Pages 301-310
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 311-339

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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