© 2013

Embedded Lead Users inside the Firm

How Innovative User Employees contribute to the Corporate Product Innovation Process


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

  1. 1.HamburgGermany

About the authors

Tim Schweisfurth completed his doctoral thesis at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). He is now working at the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management as a postdoctoral researcher.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Embedded Lead Users inside the Firm
  • Book Subtitle How Innovative User Employees contribute to the Corporate Product Innovation Process
  • Authors Tim Schweisfurth
  • Series Title Forschungs-/Entwicklungs-/Innovations-Management
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics Business and Management (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-658-00065-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-658-00066-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 221
  • Number of Illustrations 19 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Innovation/Technology Management
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