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Creative Studies, M.S.


International Center for Studies in Creativity

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There is a new innovation trend which is gaining immense momentum lately: user innovation. The purpose of this project was to examine the current literature, blogs, and online forums to understand the dynamics of user innovation in order to answer the questions: what are the main characteristics of user innovation?; why do users innovate?; how do users innovate?; what are the benefits of user innovation?; and is there a future for this trend?. The answers suggest that user innovation is a permanent change in innovation methods, and that user innovation has the potential to change the foundations of global economy. Examples of various user innovation artifacts are also examined in this project.