© 2001

Lead Markets

Country-Specific Success Factors of the Global Diffusion of Innovations


Part of the ZEW Economic Studies book series (ZEW, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Marian Beise
    Pages 1-14
  3. Marian Beise
    Pages 65-128
  4. Marian Beise
    Pages 129-198
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 275-306

About this book


The book answers three questions. First: what is a lead market? Second: what constitutes a lead market? and third: how can companies harness lead markets to generate global innovations? Considering the international, cross-border diffusion of innovations one can observe that a particular technological design such as the facsimile machine, the personal computer or the mobile cellular telephone is often adopted by one country or region ("lead market") much earlier than by other countries. The study suggests a theoretical explanation for the phenomena of lead markets and collects empirical evidence from a detailed case study of the cellular mobile telephone industry. A new innovation development and market entry concept is presented.


Diffusion of Innovation Imitation International R & D Lead Market design innovation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)MannheimGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Lead Markets
  • Book Subtitle Country-Specific Success Factors of the Global Diffusion of Innovations
  • Authors Marian Beise
  • Series Title ZEW Economic Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Physica-Verlag Heidelberg 2001
  • Publisher Name Physica, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-7908-1430-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-57548-8
  • Series ISSN 1615-6781
  • Series E-ISSN 1867-2027
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 306
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics R & D/Technology Policy
    Innovation/Technology Management
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