A Typology of Innovation Outcomes in Maker Communities

  • Carrielle Somers (Speaker)
  • Henseler, J. (Contributor)
  • Christoph Stockstrom (Contributor)

Activity: Talk or presentation › Oral presentation


Maker communities are open, social innovation systems that foster new products and novel techniques. Some are as well-received as 3D printing new products and others as archaic as sewing. At the same time, not enough is established in research about the variety of innovation outcomes or their linkages to new product development. Often covered sporadically in product innovation literature, novelty plays a significant role for makers. For instance, makers produce novelty as an affiliation towards personalised creation (Cohen et al., 2017; Lo, 2016; Mota, 2011). However, product innovation literature views new knowledge creation (Chang & Chen, 2004; Leiponen & Helfat, 2010; Martin-de Castro et al., 2011) and remixing existing innovations (Stanko, 2016; Flath et al., 2017) as collective outcomes and the significance between individual innovation outcomes and new products is lost. This study responds to the research question: what product innovation outcomes are produced by makers interacting in open communities? Our contribution enhances current literature with a typology of individual (16) and community (13) innovation outcomes that set the foundation for theory building in product and open innovation.
Period8 Jul 2021
Event titleR&D Management Conference 2021: Innovation in an Era of Disruption
Event typeConference
LocationGlasgow, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational