Hobbyists as a super group of user-centred innovation: Case CreamSound guitar amplifier

Erno Salmela, Kai Häkkinen, Jarkko Rantala

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    The purpose of this research was to recognize the advantages and disadvantages of hobbyist-centred innovation. Another aim was to find out how a hobbyist innovator innovates and create new knowledge. The research was implemented as a qualitative case study of CreamSound guitar amplifier innovation. According to the study, the benefits of hobbyist-centred innovation are passion for the work, placing oneself in the users role, curiosity, seeing ones own handwork, and simpler decision making. The downsides of hobbyist innovation are resource limitations, difficulty in receiving funding, and the lack of social interaction when working alone. Hobbyist-centred innovation process seems to be very experimental. New knowledge is created by iterative experiments. Novelty of this study is that it provides profound understanding about hobbyist-centred innovation. The practical value consists of recognized means to support hobbyist-centred innovation in the future.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)223-245
    JournalInternational Journal of Innovation and Learning
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • user-driven innovation
    • user-centred innovation
    • hobbyist innovators
    • user data
    • user understanding
    • experimental innovation
    • innovation adoption


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