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Entrepreneurship in Innovation Communities

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


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

  1. 1.Technische UniversitätBerlinGermany

About the authors

Jan-Peter Ferdinand is a sociologist with focus on organizations and management science. His research addresses the nexus of emerging technologies and markets as well as novel modes of open and distributed innovation.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Entrepreneurship in Innovation Communities
  • Book Subtitle Insights from 3D Printing Startups and the Dilemma of Open Source Hardware
  • Authors Jan-Peter Ferdinand
  • Series Title Contributions to Management Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title Contributions to Management Science(Physica)
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-66841-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-88325-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-66842-0
  • Series ISSN 1431-1941
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-716X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 170
  • Number of Illustrations 15 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Entrepreneurship
    Manufacturing, Machines, Tools, Processes
    Innovation/Technology Management
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