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User Innovation in the Digital Economy Creative Commons
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Fred Gault Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Boschstraat 24, 6211 AX Maastricht, The Netherlands; College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg, 21 Kingsway Ave, Rossmore, Johannesburg, 2092, South Africa
Foresight and STI Governance, Journal Year: 2019, Volume and Issue: 13(3), P. 6 - 12

Published: May 1, 2019

The paper reviews the current state of user innovation in the business and the households sectors and considers the impact of the digital economy on user innovation. A general definition of innovation, applicable in all sectors of the economy, is introduced to expand the domain of user innovation to all economic sectors, not just the business sector and households. This raises questions about innovation policy, especially in a digital economy, and how policy affects innovation in households. Outcomes of this study include the implications for skills needed to support user innovation in the different economic sectors of the digital economy …