Chapter 3: Theories of innovation
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The chapter contributes to the intellectual history of the terme "innovation" delivering a survey of meanstream innovation theories developed over the last hundred years and their progressive domination by industrial innovation theories with a market-orientation in place of sociological study innovation as an instrument of modernization. The chapter senses of the range of theories which created the foundations of frameworks, semantics and discourses on innovation. It presents the main theorists, both academics and practitioners, of the 20th century from sociological to psychological theories, then to managerial and economic theories (e.g. Tarde, Schumpeter, Maclaurin, Burn and Stalker, Rogers, Freeman, Mansfield and Nelson), who invented the paradigms of the field, representations of innovation and the main concepts used like combination, diffusion, process, system and commercialization. It questions why has technological innovation became dominant?

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