Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/172535
Authors: 
Preißner, Stephanie
Raasch, Christina
Schweisfurth, Tim
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Kiel Working Paper 2097
Abstract: 
This study investigates the origins of disruptive innovation. According to the canonical model, disruptive innovations do not originate from existing customers - in contrast with what the user innovation literature would predict. We compiled a unique historical and content-analytic dataset based on 62 cases identified from the disruptive innovation literature. We found that 44% of the disruptive innovations in this sample were originally developed by users. Disruptive innovations are more likely to originate from users (producers) if the environment is characterized by high levels of turbulence in customer preferences (technology). Disruptive innovations involving high functional (technological) novelty, tend to be developed by users (producers). Users are also more likely to be the source of disruptive process innovations, and to innovate in weaker appropriability environments. Our paper is among the first to link the disruptive and user innovation literatures. We contribute to both and offer guidance to managers on the likely source of disruptive threats.
Subjects: 
user innovation
disruptive innovation
market orientation
radical innovation
environmental turbulence
JEL: 
D83
L17
M19
O31
O34
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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