Embedded Lead Users inside the Firm

How Innovative User Employees contribute to the Corporate Product Innovation Process

  • Tim Schweisfurth

Part of the Forschungs-/Entwicklungs-/Innovations-Management book series (FEIM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Tim Schweisfurth
    Pages 1-10
  3. Tim Schweisfurth
    Pages 69-73
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 9-9

About this book


The central phenomenon of this book are embedded lead users (ELUs): employees of firms who exhibit lead user characteristics in relation to their employing firm’s products or services. Examples for this phenomenon exist amongst others in the sporting industry in which users of sporting goods are at the same time employed by manufacturers of these goods. In three consecutive studies Tim Schweisfurth explores how embedded lead users contribute to corporate innovation. He shows what factors foster the lead userness of employees and what characterizes embedded lead users’ behaviors. Various implications for firms are discussed, e.g. with respect to leveraging user knowledge for innovation.



Innovation Management

Authors and affiliations

  • Tim Schweisfurth
    • 1
  1. 1.HamburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-00065-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-00066-0
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