The need for the development of new products is often stimulated by new techniques that users develop to perform a given task in a better way. For example, new operating procedures may trigger the development of new medical instruments and new techniques in sports may require new or modified equipment. Thus, new techniques are an important driver for subsequent product innovation.
This research examines the diffusion of user-generated techniques in medical surgery. Drawing on cases of new surgery procedures developed by innovative surgeons this study investigates factors that may explain the (non-) diffusion of user-generated techniques. Among others, the studies focus on the activities and network position of the user-inventor for the diffusion of new techniques.
The findings will help to understand how user-generated techniques diffuse and will help to seize the risk of under-diffusion of new techniques in healthcare.