Treading New Ground in Household Sector Innovation Research: Scope, Emergence, Business Implications, and Diffusion

Jeroen P.J. de Jong, Shiko M. Ben-Menahem, Nikolaus Franke, Johann Füller, Georg von Krogh

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Individual consumers in the household sector increasingly develop products, services and processes, in their discretionary time without payment. Household sector innovation is becoming a pervasive phenomenon, representing a significant share of the innovation activity in any economy. Such innovation emerges from personal needs or self-rewards, and is distinct from and complementary to producer innovations motivated by commercial gains. In this introductory paper to the special issue on household sector innovation, we take stock of emerging research on the topic. We categorize the research into four areas: scope, emergence, implications for business, and diffusion. We develop a conceptual basis for the phenomenon, introduce the articles in the special issue, and show how each article contributes new insights. We end by offering a research agenda for scholars interested in the salient phenomenon of household sector innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 8
JournalResearch Policy (RP)
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502052 Business administration
  • 502019 Marketing
  • 502014 Innovation research

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