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User Driven Innovation: Incorporating Disabled Lead Users in Early Phase Product Development

Peter Conradie (UGent)
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How can disabled non-designers play a leading role in product development? As part of early phase product ideation, designers often rely on methods (Pahl & Beitz, 1996, Chapter 4). These methods help designers develop appropriate solutions to design problems. However, ideation processes may also involve non-designers. These could be end-users, managers, domain experts or other stakeholders. A very specific form of user involvement is through lead users. Lead users can be identified as: 1) being at the leading edge of an important market trend, and experiencing needs that will later be experienced by many users in that market, and 2) anticipating relatively high benefits from obtaining a solution to their needs. This motivates them to participate. They are often a limited group of persons with specialized skills or experiences (Urban & von Hippel, 1988). In this paper discuss the involvement of disabled lead users in early product development. We will focus on generative methods used for the creation of a wearable mobility device. The device consists, in part, of a 3D, time-of-flight DepthSense camera by Softkinetic, combined with a wearable tactile display developed by Elitac, two technology manufacturers. In addition to reflecting on our approach, we also introduce relevant research themes involving disabled lead users.
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innovation, innovation management, co-design

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Conradie, Peter. “User Driven Innovation: Incorporating Disabled Lead Users in Early Phase Product Development.” Design Meets Business, Abstracts. Kolding, Denmark, 2014. 1–4. Print.
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Conradie, P. (2014). User Driven Innovation: Incorporating Disabled Lead Users in Early Phase Product Development. Design Meets Business, Abstracts (pp. 1–4). Presented at the Design Meets Business, Kolding, Denmark.
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Conradie, Peter. 2014. “User Driven Innovation: Incorporating Disabled Lead Users in Early Phase Product Development.” In Design Meets Business, Abstracts, 1–4. Kolding, Denmark.
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Conradie, Peter. 2014. “User Driven Innovation: Incorporating Disabled Lead Users in Early Phase Product Development.” In Design Meets Business, Abstracts, 1–4. Kolding, Denmark.
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Conradie P. User Driven Innovation: Incorporating Disabled Lead Users in Early Phase Product Development. Design Meets Business, Abstracts. Kolding, Denmark; 2014. p. 1–4.
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P. Conradie, “User Driven Innovation: Incorporating Disabled Lead Users in Early Phase Product Development,” in Design Meets Business, Abstracts, Kolding, Denmark, 2014, pp. 1–4.
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  abstract     = {How can disabled non-designers play a leading role in product development? As part of early phase product ideation, designers often rely on methods (Pahl & Beitz, 1996, Chapter 4). These methods help designers develop appropriate solutions to design problems. However, ideation processes may also involve non-designers. These could be end-users, managers, domain experts or other stakeholders.
A very specific form of user involvement is through lead users. Lead users can be identified as: 1) being at the leading edge of an important market trend, and experiencing needs that will later be experienced by many users in that market, and 2) anticipating relatively high benefits from obtaining a solution to their needs. This motivates them to participate. They are often a limited group of persons with specialized skills or experiences (Urban & von Hippel, 1988).
In this paper discuss the involvement of disabled lead users in early product development. We will focus on generative methods used for the creation of a wearable mobility device. The device consists, in part, of a 3D, time-of-flight DepthSense camera by Softkinetic, combined with a wearable tactile display developed by Elitac, two technology manufacturers. In addition to reflecting on our approach, we also introduce relevant research themes involving disabled lead users.},
  author       = {Conradie, Peter},
  booktitle    = {Design Meets Business, Abstracts},
  keywords     = {innovation,innovation management,co-design},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Kolding, Denmark},
  pages        = {1--4},
  title        = {User Driven Innovation: Incorporating Disabled Lead Users in Early Phase Product Development},
  year         = {2014},
}