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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 5: Innovation as system

Benoît Godin

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The criticisms raised against the process model of innovation crystallized into the idea of system. Many scholars, particularly from management schools, began to use a system approach to study decisions and choices relating to science, technology and innovation. The chapter documents the pioneering role of the US Department of Commerce and the OECD in applying the idea of system at national and policy levels.

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