Trajectories to reconcile sharing and commercialization in the Maker movement

Which is more important for makers? Having a sharing, open attitude aimed at achieving social impact, or a commercial mindset aimed at profit? In fact, many Maker initiatives try to balance these two ways of working because making money can offer the financial stability needed to be able to scale-up and really make a difference.

In this paper for the Business Horizons journal, based on case studies from the MAKE-IT project, we describe the trajectories that maker initiatives go through in order to reconcile the two apparently conflicting objectives of sharing and commercialization.


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