As a general paradigm for society, a dominant model of innovation drives and shapes the
behaviours and decisions of policy-makers, economists, entrepreneurs, business managers and all
sorts of economic agents. In the present contribution, to focus on the relationships between
dominant models and constitutive disciplines, we have purposefully reduced the sequence of
generations of dominant models to three main generations: 1) the linear and closed model of
innovation (from World War I to the mid-1980s); 2) the interactive and closed model of innovation
(from the mid-1980s to the first decade of the 21st century); and 3) the interactive and open model
of innovation (starting from the first decade of the 21st century, which in our view has not yet
reached its mature stage). For each generation of dominant model, we will summarise the main
characteristics of the dominant model, to assess the contribution of each of the constitutive
disciplines to the model, and to understand the replacement of a model by a new one.
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