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Morten Berg Jensen

User community vs. producer innovation development efficiency: A first empirical study

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User community vs. producer innovation development efficiency : A first empirical study. / Hienerth, Christoph ; von Hippel, Eric; Jensen, Morten Berg.

In: Research Policy, Vol. 43, 2014, p. 190-201.

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Hienerth, Christoph ; von Hippel, Eric ; Jensen, Morten Berg. / User community vs. producer innovation development efficiency : A first empirical study. In: Research Policy. 2014 ; Vol. 43. pp. 190-201.

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