The Invention of Technological Innovation

The Invention of Technological Innovation : Languages, Discourses and Ideology in Historical Perspective

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This timely book provides an intellectual and conceptual history of a key representation of innovation: technological innovation. Tracing the history of the discourses of scholars, practitioners and policy-makers, and exploring how and why innovation became defined as technological, Benoit Godin studies the emergence of the term, its meaning, and its transformation and use over time.

Part I of this unique book offers a genealogy of technological innovation from technological unemployment through technological change and technological progress. Part II then turns to the discourse on technological innovation, asserting that it has emerged as a key term because it serves utilitarian functions.

The Invention of Technological Innovation will be of interest to students and academics studying the concepts and theories of innovation, whilst also being a key resource for policy-makers, managers and analysts looking to gain a deeper understanding of the topic.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1789903335
  • 9781789903331

Table of contents

Contents: PREFACE INTRODUCTION Part I Technological Change 1. Technological Unemployment 2. Technological Change 3. Imagining a New Academic Field 4. Technology and Social Change 5. Technological Progress INTERLUDE Part II Technological Innovation 6. Inventing Technological Innovation 7. Theorists before Theories 8. An Inclusive Notion 9. Theories of Innovation 10. Reinventing Innovation EPILOGUE Index
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Review quote

'The Invention of Technological Innovation is a meticulous and seminal work of deftly organized and presented scholarship that is unreservedly recommended for both college and university library collections.' -- Michael J. Carson, Midwest Book Review
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About Benoit Godin

Benoit Godin, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Canada
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