Managing customers' knowledge in innovation creation - A challenging opportunity in virtual communities

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi Hares, Jukka-Pekka 2011-11-14T11:23:23Z 2011-11-14T11:23:23Z 2010
dc.description.abstract Objectives Innovations are vital for companies to success. Customers form nowadays an important source of innovations and ideas for a company. The user-driven innovations have been observed already since 1960’s, so as a concept it is not new. However, outsourcing the innovation to virtual communities is relatively fresh idea. Moreover, exploiting the knowledge of consumers in the innovation process is an area that have not been researched widely yet. Concept of Customer Knowledge Management is a new concept that concentrates on managing the knowledge of the customers, and transferring it to the company. The innovation management is also important considering the effectiveness and functioning of innovation in the company. The purpose of this research is to find out methods to effectively exploit customers’ knowledge in innovations. Moreover, the facilitation of the process and solutions to the related challenges are emphasized. Methods This research is made using qualitative methods and the empirical material was collected by conducting semi-structured interviews. The interviewees were employees of case company Nokia, representing expertise of different fields around the subject. The empirical analysis was made by observing the interviews from the basis of research questions and concentrating on the salient themes. The analysis was made from the company’s perspective. Results The findings of this research are based on the finding of the previous literature related to empirical analysis. The most important thing is the customer oriented mind set in the company. Every employee should think from consumers’ perspective and every product needs to have real value for consumers. Continuous interaction is also highly crucial and ideas should be implemented immediately. The participation in the innovation process should be made as easy as possible for the consumers and the ideas should be easy to submit. Furthermore, the consumers should be engaged in the innovation process throughout the whole product lifecycle. The tacit nature of the knowledge caused the main challenges concerning the CKM practices. en
dc.format.extent 113
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Managing customers' knowledge in innovation creation - A challenging opportunity in virtual communities en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi Kauppakorkeakoulu fi School of Economics en
dc.contributor.department Department of Marketing and Management en
dc.contributor.department Markkinoinnin ja johtamisen laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword innovation
dc.subject.keyword customer knowledge management
dc.subject.keyword innovation management
dc.subject.keyword customer orientation
dc.subject.keyword virtual communities
dc.subject.keyword product development
dc.subject.keyword lead user
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201111181245
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major Marketing en
dc.programme.major Markkinointi fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.subject.helecon markkinointi
dc.subject.helecon marketing
dc.subject.helecon innovaatiot
dc.subject.helecon innovations
dc.subject.helecon tietämyksenhallinta
dc.subject.helecon knowledge management
dc.subject.helecon asiakkaat
dc.subject.helecon customers
dc.subject.helecon asiakashallinta
dc.subject.helecon customer relationship management
dc.subject.helecon yhteisöt
dc.subject.helecon communities
dc.subject.helecon sosiaalinen media
dc.subject.helecon social media
dc.subject.helecon tuotekehitys
dc.subject.helecon product development
dc.ethesisid 12201 2009-12-29
dc.location P1 I

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