Individuals accredited for innovations are described using an assortment of terms referencing either the context in which their activities occur or the extent to which the activities are determined a success. Amongst these innovative individual are Lead-users, defined by two characteristics: they discover needs earlier than the general market place, and expect to receive high benefit from obtaining the solution to these needs . In my researcher I am investigating the various methods of identifying lead-users in online communities.
This author is supported by the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Nottingham (RCUK Grant No. EP/G037574/1) and by the RCUK’s Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute (RCUK Grant No. EP/G065802/1)