Eric von Hippel is known for his pioneering international research in user innovations. He works as professor at MIT Sloan School of Management in the United States where he holds two professorships. He is Professor in Management and Professor of Management of Innovation and Engineering Systems.
He received his doctorate in philosophy at Carnegie-Mellon University. Additionally, he is an honorary doctor at the Hamburg University of Technology, Copenhagen Business School, and Ludwig-Maximillians Universität München.
The University of Vaasa has conducted collaborative research for many years with von Hippel and with his help has developed the researcher exchange with MIT Sloan School of Management. The result has been high-quality scientific publications and a policy programme for demand and user-driven innovation developed together with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. Thanks to von Hippel, the University of Vaasa can utilise MIT's user innovation materials in its teaching.