The Oxford Handbook of Innovation

The Oxford Handbook of Innovation

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Edited by Jan Fagerberg, Edited by David C. Mowery, Edited by Richard R. Nelson

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 680 pages
  • Dimensions: 173mm x 251mm x 43mm | 1,089g
  • Publication date: 13 April 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199286809
  • ISBN 13: 9780199286805
  • Illustrations note: Figures and tables
  • Sales rank: 251,191

Product description

This handbook looks to provide academics and students with a comprehensive and holistic understanding of the phenomenon of innovation. Innovation spans a number of fields within the social sciences and humanities: Management, Economics, Geography, Sociology, Politics, Psychology, and History. Consequently, the rapidly increasing body of literature on innovation is characterized by a multitude of perspectives based on, or cutting across, existing disciplines and specializations. Scholars of innovation can come from such diverse starting points that much of this literature can be missed, and so constructive dialogues missed. The editors of The Oxford Handbook of Innovation have carefully selected and designed twenty-one contributions from leading academic experts within their particular field, each focusing on a specific aspect of innovation. These have been organized into four main sections, the first of which looks at the creation of innovations, with particular focus on firms and networks. Section Two provides an account of the wider systematic setting influencing innovation and the role of institutions and organizations in this context. Section Three explores some of the diversity in the working of innovation over time and across different sectors of the economy, and Section Four focuses on the consequences of innovation with respect to economic growth, international competitiveness, and employment. An introductory overview, concluding remarks, and guide to further reading for each chapter, make this handbook a key introduction and vital reference work for researchers, academics, and advanced students of innovation.

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Author information

Richard R. Nelson is a Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York.

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the result of a collective effort of a well-established network of scholars in the field of innovation studies. The outcome is an impressive volume which provides an up-to-date summary of current research on innovation and innovative strategies and behaviours of the enterprises...The book deserves little criticism. Well balanced and articulated... raises a number of intriguing perspectives of analysis. Business History ...this handbook provides an important addition to the growing innovation literature. Organization 12 (6)

Table of contents

1. Innovation: A guide to the Literature ; SECTION I: INNOVATION IN THE MAKING ; 2. The Innovative Firm ; 3. Networks of Innovators ; 4. Innovation Processes ; 5. Organizational Innovation ; 6. Measuring Innovation ; SECTION II: THE SYSTEMIC NATURE OF INNOVATION ; 7. Systems of Innovation: Perspectives and Challenges ; 8. Universities in National Innovation Systems ; 9. Finance and Innovation ; 10. Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights ; 11. The Geography of Innovation ; 12. Globalization of Innovation: The Role of Multinational Enterprises ; SCHEDULE III: HOW INNOVATION DIFFERS ; 13. Innovation Through Time ; 14. Sectoral Systems: How and Why Innovation Differs Across Sectors ; 15. Innovation in 'Low-Tech' Industries ; 16. Innovation in Services ; 17. Innovation and Diffusion ; SECTION IV: INNOVATION AND PERFORMANCE ; 19. Innovation and Economic Growth ; 20. Innovation and Catching-Up ; 20. Innovation and Competitiveness ; 21. Innovation and Employment ; 22. Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy