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Why is imitation not innovation?

Alternative Approaches to the Pro-Innovation Bias

Benoît Godin

Innovation theorists relegate to non-existence a series of concepts outside the semantic field of innovation. Such is the case of imitation. The chapter looks at when, how and why imitation, as an early meaning of innovation, was removed from the discourses on innovation. The chapter suggests that cultural values, disciplinary work, market ideology and semantics are key factors in explaining the neglect of imitation in discourses on innovation, particularly theories.

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Introduction: innovation – from the forbidden to a cliché

Alternative Approaches to the Pro-Innovation Bias

Benoît Godin and Dominique Vinck

The study of innovation became voluminous with a lot of theories, models, frameworks, narratives and handbooks but still reflect an innovation bias. The theorists contribute to the construction of a dominant representation of innovation, an ideology, as technological and industrial, and as a good for the economy and the society. Little attention is paid to the non-innovators. Starting with the question ‘what has been left out?’, this book suggests a change of approach. It examines innovation from a different perspective, dealing with phenomena rarely taken seriously by scholars of innovation: resistance to innovation, non-adoption, sluggishness of innovators, imitation, non-users, failure, outlaw innovation, unintended consequences, maintenance of (existing) innovation, non-innovators, de-adoption, slow innovation, innovation fads, re-shaping and adaptation of the innovation, rationale for not innovating, the social and political nature of innovation and so on. The purpose of this book is to assemble studies on these phenomena and to examine them under the umbrella of NOvation.

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Andrej Savin

This chapter is an introduction to Internet regulation in the EU. It explains how Internet architecture influences its regulation and how regulation, in turn, can have an impact on the architecture. Policy, governance, competence to regulate and various regulatory circles (e-commerce, telecoms, audio-video media services) are covered. Internet law, Cyberlaw, Internet governance, Internet policy, telecommunications law

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Barney Warf

This chapter offers an overview of technology, rebuts the common myth of technological determinism and summarizes each of the forthcoming chapters.

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  • Elgar Research Reviews in Economics

Michael R. Baye and John Morgan

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Edited by Sven H. De Cleyn and Gunter Festel

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Edited by Sven H. De Cleyn and Gunter Festel

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  • Research Handbooks in Business and Management series

Edited by F. Xavier Olleros and Majlinda Zhegu