Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle

Patients, Paralympic Athletes, Patient Communities

Annika Schröder @ 17th International Open and User Innovation Conference in Utrecht

Annika Schröder presented her latest research on "Patients & Innovation - A Study of Situational and Cognitive-Emotional Factors as Moderators of User Innovation Behavior".


Mara Meisel @ 17th International Open and User Innovation Conference in Utrecht

Mara Meisel presented her latest research on "Lead User Potential in Online Communities - The Role of Moderators in Virtual Support Groups for Orphaned Diseases".


Individual User Innovation Behavior

This research and PhD project is located at the Research Group IT-Entrepreneurship and led by Annika Schröder.

Besides research and development of companies, users have established themselves as valuable source for innovation development.
A systematic analysis using various empirical approaches of these innovators is the context of this research project. The prime interest is how situational factors can influence the development and realisation of user ideas. Additionally, innovative concepts for collaboration between users and companies are researched. 

The research project is comprised of thematically different sub-projects, using different empirical approaches or addressing different samples in their studies: 

  • Sport, Athletes, Innovators (SAI): Innovation activities of athletes of Paralympic sports
  • Power of Patients (PoP): Influence of situational and cognitive-emotional factors on innovation behaviour of patients with rare diseases
  • Lead User potential in online communities: the role of moderators
  • Value and meaning of online communities for patients with rare diseases 
  • Brew4Few: Development of innovative concepts to increase visibility for and information on rare diseases 
  • Today's Science Fiction - tomorrow's Innovation: Influence of affinity and influence of Science Fiction on innovative work behavior 

For further information please scroll to the short description of the projects below. You will also find links to the surveys there. 

List of Projects

Sport, Athletes, Innovators

This project addresses athletes of Paralympic sports. With your participation you support to research of how athletes support innovate and advance para-sports with their own ideas and developments. This project is supported by Sarah Kuhwald und Jana Oczko.

Power of Patients

This research project adapts the Stress-Coping Theory by Richard Lazarus to individual innovation behavior of patients with rare diseases (including their next of kin). Thus, the influence of situational and cognitive-emotional factors on the occurrence and kind of innovation behaviour is to be analysed. Additionally, Quality of Life as measure for success is introduced.

Lead User-Potential in Online Communities: The Role of Moderators

Interview based, this study helps to understand the situation of patients with rare diseases, especially in their role as moderators of virtual communities. We assume a strong prevalence for expert users and even lead users, making moderators also interesting partners for companies in the healthcare sector. This project is in the final phase, presented at the 17th International Open and User Innovation Conference 2019 at the University of Utrecht by Mara Meisel, who accompanied the project.

Brew4Few - Innovative Concepts to Increase Visibility for and Information on Rare Diseases

This project is an interview-based analysis of innovative concepts to advance a central cause of rare disease groups, namely information dissemination and visibility. In this case, the pop-up café Brew4Few is analysed. Results will also be transferred into a teaching case study. This project is supported by Mareike Berfuß.

Today's Science Fiction - Tomorrow's Innovation

Still today, innovators attribute their motivation and inspiration for their work  - especially in technological and bio-technological industries - to the Science Fiction series "Star Trek". This project explores this relation with a survey and how the consumption of Science Fiction might be an indicator for innovative workplace behaviour. This project is supported by Fabian Engelbach.