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Online Intermediaries for Co-Creation

An Explorative Study in Healthcare


Part of the Progress in IS book series (PROIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Christoph W. Künne
    Pages 1-15
  3. Christoph W. Künne
    Pages 17-41
  4. Christoph W. Künne
    Pages 145-162
  5. Christoph W. Künne
    Pages 163-207
  6. Christoph W. Künne
    Pages E1-E1
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 209-224

About this book


This book investigates the powerful role of online intermediaries, which connect companies with their end customers, to facilitate joint product innovation. Especially in the healthcare context, such intermediaries deploy interactive online platforms to foster co-creation between engaged healthcare consumers and innovation-seeking healthcare companies.

In three empirical studies, this book outlines the key characteristics of online intermediaries in healthcare, their distinct strategies, and the remaining challenges in the field. Readers will also be introduced to the stages companies go through in adopting such co-created solutions.  As such, the work appeals for both its academic scope and practical reach.


Open innovation Co-creation Online platforms Virtual knowledge broker Patient innovation healthcare consumers

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.MunichGermany

About the authors

Dr. Christoph W. Künne received his PhD in economic sciences from the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he was a research associate at the Chair of Information Systems I, especially Innovation & Value Creation (Prof. Dr. Kathrin M. Möslein).

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