Eric von Hippel is T Wilson Professor of Innovation Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT.  Von Hippel is known for his research into the sources of innovation.  He and his colleagues find that innovation is shifting away from product and service producers to product and service users in the Internet Age, and shifting from intellectual property protected to free. These important changes are driving major changes in entrepreneurship practices and theory.

Von Hippel  holds a BA in economics from Harvard College, an SM in mechanical engineering from MIT, and a PhD in business and engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.  He has received honorary doctorates from Ludwig-Maximilians-Univerität München, Copenhagen Business School, and The Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg.  He has been designated an “Innovation Luminary” by the EU Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group. In keeping with the spirit of open access, all of his books and articles are available for free access and free downloading on the Web.