A Brief Alternative History
Chapter 4: Innovation as process
Two concepts serve to make sense of and rationalize the discourse on technological innovation: process and system. Technological innovation is a process in time, a series of activities whose ultimate purpose is technological innovation. This is the subject of Chapter 4. Technological innovation is also a system, composed of diverse institutions, all acting toward a shared purpose: the use and diffusion of technological invention in practice. The system dimension of technological innovation is addressed in Chapter 5. Both chapters highlight the role of practitioners (engineers, managers, policymakers) as theorists of innovation.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.