EARLY STAGES USER INVOLVEMENT AS A PRODUCT INNOVATION CAPABILITY IN THE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY - A LITERATURE STUDY
Editor: Marjanovic D., Storga M., Pavkovic N., Bojcetic N.
Author: Wadell, C. J.; Ölundh Sandström, G.; Janhager, J.; Norell Bergendahl, M.
Section: DESIGN ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
The article is presents a literature study related to user involvement in the early stages of the product innovation process in the medical technology industry. Five fundamental capabilities in early stages user involvement are presented and reasoned about. The capabilities are identification of users, acquiring, assimilation, and transformation of user knowledge as well as exploiting. The result of the article contributes to future research in an action research project with the medical technology industry and the public healthcare sector in Sweden.