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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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Benoît Godin


During the last decades, innovation has become a highly valued concept. This book concentrates on the contribution of practitioners to the discourse. The scholarly study of technological innovation began in the 1950s in several disciplines. This literature looks at research as a factor in innovation, diffusion of innovation, innovation and economic theory, innovation and policy. From the 1960s and 1970s onward, a whole industry of conferences, books and articles developed and offered theories, frameworks and approaches (models) to make sense of technological innovation and contribute to public policies and firm strategies. This literature does not constitute an organized field of study, but it sets the tone for later theories.

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