Customer-related Opportunity Discovery : An Entrepreneurial Perspective of Early-Stage Innovation Processes

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Abstract Innovation research claims that relationships with current customers influence early-stage innovation processes, shaping the discovery of opportunities with a potential to be new and disruptive to the market; in the perspective of entrepreneurship research, this focus can be reframed as customer-related opportunity discovery. Thereby, it is discussed controversially whether and how relationships with current customers enable or constrain the discovery of disruptive opportunities in early-stage innovation processes. It is argued that detailed knowledge, close relationships, and intense interactions with current customers lead to disruptive opportunities and successful innovation, due to a better understanding of customer needs or issues with current technologies; at the same time, close customer relationships can lead to a lock-in into a too narrow understanding of relevant needs, issues and opportunities. In this paper, we conceptually explore this important paradox in innovation and entrepreneurship research, by identifying a series of dimensions of customer relationships, their impact on the degree of disruptiveness of discovered opportunities, as well as the moderating effect of technological change and market turbulence on this impact. The exploration of this customer relationship paradox in innovation and entrepreneurship lies at the heart of the new strategic entrepreneurship research program, through the attempt of closely relating innovation processes, opportunity discovery, and strategic partnering between companies and their customers.
Authors Fust, Alexander; Grand, Simon & Fueglistaller, Urs
Editors Fueglistaller, Urs
Projects Fueglistaller, Urs; Fust, Alexander; Burger, Dominik & Gasda, J.-Michael (2005) Dienstleistungskompetenz (Service Excellence) [fundamental research project]
Language English
Keywords Innovation, Entrepreneurship
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed No
Date 6 September 2010
Publisher Verlag KMU-HSG
Place of Publication St. Gallen
Page Range 13
Title of Book Strategic Entrepreneurship - The Promise for Future Entrepreneurship, Family Business and SME Research?
Event Title Rencontres de St-Gall 2010
Event Location St. Gallen
Event Dates 06.-08.09.2010
ISBN 978-3-906541-27-3
Depositing User Dr. Alexander Fust
Date Deposited 09 Sep 2010 11:27
Last Modified 23 Aug 2017 13:40



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Fust, Alexander; Grand, Simon & Fueglistaller, Urs: Customer-related Opportunity Discovery : An Entrepreneurial Perspective of Early-Stage Innovation Processes. 2010. - Rencontres de St-Gall 2010. - St. Gallen.

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