Computer-based Tools for Rethinking Innovation
This book seeks to innovate in the tools we use for thinking about innovation. Computer simulation models can clarify our thoughts and explore their implications. Over the last two decades there have appeared descriptions of computer simulation models that address some of the issues surrounding innovative ideas, practices and technology, including how innovations can be generated, how they diffuse among people and organizations, and the impact innovations have on peopleís and organizationsí other ideas, practices and technologies. This book will provide a critical survey of some of these tools for thinking, while also introducing a few tools of our own. In this chapter we explain why one might want to be thinking about innovation, how it involves complex adaptive systems and how these can be studied, and hence why one might want to add computer simulation models to the tools one uses for innovation studies. The chapter concludes with an outline of the rest of the book.