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There's a freely available book from MIT, called "Democratising Innovation" that talks about a similar dichotomy:

http://web.mit.edu/evhippel/www/democ1.htm

They are a little more even handed though. I think one of the examples are specialised scalpels. They point out that a doctor innovating a new surgery may need a tool which simply doesn't exist, and theyll need to build it themselves.

On the other hand, a professional scalpel maker may know about a new alloy, or a new casting technique, or a way to mass produce them for pennies. You get the best product when both types of innovation are present.




This is great. Reading now. Thanks for the recommendation.




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