Entrepreneurship in Innovation Communities

Insights from 3D Printing Startups and the Dilemma of Open Source Hardware

  • Jan-Peter Ferdinand

Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Jan-Peter Ferdinand
    Pages 1-12
  3. Jan-Peter Ferdinand
    Pages 13-34
  4. Jan-Peter Ferdinand
    Pages 35-67
  5. Jan-Peter Ferdinand
    Pages 69-81
  6. Jan-Peter Ferdinand
    Pages 149-160
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 161-170

About this book


​Drawing on empirical insights from the field of desktop 3D printing, this book elaborates the concept of innovation communities as a pattern of open and distributed innovation. As these communities spur a fruitful exchange of explorative, open source knowledge, they represent a novel mode of “doing innovation”, which considerably differs from established practices in market and business realms. Hence, the people that participate in these collective endeavors often develop entrepreneurial ambitions and start to exploit community-based innovations commercially. The book presents deep insights on the institutional idiosyncrasies of innovation communities, the associated dilemma of entrepreneurship and the strategies of 3D-printing startups to face the corresponding challenges.


Open innovation Commercialization of innovation Desktop 3d-printing business Entrepreneurship in open source hardware Entrepreneurship in open source software Institutional logistics and innovation Exploration and exploitation in innovation communities Collective rationality

Authors and affiliations

  • Jan-Peter Ferdinand
    • 1
  1. 1.Technische UniversitätBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-66841-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-66842-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-1941
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-716X
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