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The Idea of Technological Innovation

A Brief Alternative History

Benoît Godin

This timely book explores technological innovation as a concept, dissecting its emergence, development and use. Beno"t Godin offers an exciting new historiography of the subject, arguing that the study of innovation originates not from scholars but from practitioners of innovation.
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Chapter 2: Innovation as science applied

Benoît Godin

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The private firm as a basic form of organization of society is the concern that originally gave rise to thoughts on technological innovation. In order to survive and compete, the firm must innovate, namely develop and use science. The imperative made use of the argument of scientists and their representative organizations as to the effect of science on economic progress. In turn, scientific organizations and public agencies commissioned studies to document the case.

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