Handbook of Digital Innovation
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Handbook of Digital Innovation

Edited by Satish Nambisan, Kalle Lyytinen and Youngjin Yoo

Digital innovations influence every aspect of life in an increasingly digitalized world. Firms pursuing digital innovations must consider how digital technologies shape the nature, process and outcomes of innovation as well as long- and short-term social, economic and cultural consequences of their offerings. This Handbook contributes to a transdisciplinary understanding of digital innovation with a diverse set of leading scholars and their distinct perspectives. The ideas and principles advanced herein set the agenda for future transdisciplinary research on digital innovation in ways that inform not only firm-level strategies and practices but also policy decisions and science-focused investments.
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Chapter 7: Remixing systems: collective design through modification

Jeffrey V. Nickerson


Remixing is a process through which the new is created through modification of the old. Digital technologies have led to the creation of remixing systems, collectives of humans and machines who share and modify designs. These systems can be studied to provide insight into the way innovation works at both the individual and collective level. In particular, these systems make it possible to modify and recombine a plethora of design representations. This chapter discusses the roots of modern remixing in sound technology, looks backwards to ideas of remixing inherent in classical rhetoric, and looks forward to the ways remixing systems have and will be used in knowledge work. Software, 3D printed objects, songs, and Wikipedia articles are some of the examples of the artifacts that remixing systems produce through the collected effort of thousands intent on improving each other’s ideas.

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