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The importance of customer input in the development of very new products

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This research explores the acquisition of customer input and its importance in the development of very new products. Data were gathered on 55 product development projects from the computer telephony integration industry – a new industry experiencing rapid technological change. The data were used to test hypotheses concerning the relationships between product newness, the importance of customer input in the development process, and the use of customer intensive market research methods. We found that the importance of customer input increases with market newness of a product up to a point and then drops off for very new products, whereas the importance of customer input increases with technological newness of a product without dropping off. We also found that the importance of customer input significantly increases the use of customer intensive market research methods; whereas, neither market nor technological product newness in themselves had much direct effect on research methods.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Eric Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, Ontario, Canada 2: Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Publication date: 2004-03-01

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