Customers as part of value webs: Towards a framework for webbed customer innovation tools

Ralf Reichwald, Sascha Seifert, Dominik Walcher, Frank Piller

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Abstract

As the classical corporate boundaries are beginning to blur internally as well as externally traditional value chains loose their chain attributes, and are replaced by a web of fluid and flexible relations - the value web. This paper will extend the common view of value webs by defining customers as an important part of value creation. Customer integration into innovation processes taking place within a value web (a process that will be coined "webbed customer innovation" in this paper) is discussed as a beneficial method to overcome some of the flaws and challenges of new product and technology development. The role of the customer is changing from a pure consumer of products or services to a coequal partner in a process of adding value - consumers are becoming co-producers and co-designers. We offer in this paper a framework for webbed customer innovation tools by introducing the concept of the customer-integration-cube (CIC). The CIC renders a systematisation of webbed customer innovation tools on the basis of specific dimensions, which were identified as most important, and serves as an originator to reveal possible lacks of webbed customer innovation attempts.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberINVWD03
Pages (from-to)3251-3260
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Volume37
StatePublished - 2004
EventProceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - Big Island, HI., United States
Duration: 5 Jan 20048 Jan 2004

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