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The Idea of Technological Innovation

A Brief Alternative History Benoît Godin, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Canada
This timely book explores technological innovation as a concept, dissecting its emergence, development and use. Benoît 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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Publication Date: April 2020
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Innovation Policy
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Sociology and Sociological Theory
This timely book explores technological innovation as a concept, dissecting its emergence, development and use. Benoît Godin offers an exciting new historiography of the subject, arguing that the study of innovation originates not from scholars but from practitioners of innovation.
 
Godin looks to engineers, managers, consultants and policy-makers as the instigators of our current understanding of technological innovation. Offering a conceptual history of the subject, Part I considers the many iterations of innovation – as an science applied, outcome, process and system – to track and analyse the changing discourses surrounding technological innovation. In Part II, the author turns to historic and contemporary innovation policy to illustrate the critical role that practitioners have had in formulating and strategizing policy.
 
Effectively rewriting the historiography of the topic, this book is critical reading for scholars of innovation studies, sociology and the history of science and technology. Students will benefit from Godin’s pioneering approach to the subject and policymakers will also find value in the book’s unique insight into innovation.
‘Godin’s latest book provides new insights into the history of technology innovation. Tracing back the concept’s phases of development from the Second World War to the present, he leaves behind a strictly scholarly point of view and focuses on the valuable contributions of practitioners.’
– Jürgen Howaldt, TU Dortmund University, Germany
Contents: Introduction 1. Prehistory PART I 2. Innovation as Science Applied 3. Innovation as Outcome 4. Innovation as Process 5. Innovation as System PART II 6. Inventing Innovation Policy 7. Innovation Policy Today Conclusion Index