Innovation Studies: Evolution & Future Challenges
The Field of innovation studies is now at least half a Century old. What has been achieved and what do we still need to know more about?
Innovation is increasingly recognized as a vitally important social and economic phenomenon worthy of serious research study. Firms are concerned about their innovation ability, particularly relative to their competitors. Politicians care about innovation, because of its presumed social and economic impact. However, to recognize that innovation is desirable is not sufficient. What is required is systematic and reliable knowledge about how best to influence innovation and to exploit its effects to the full.
This book sets out to explore what we know anout the field of innovation studies. Written by a number of central contributers to the field, it critically examines the current state of the art and identifies issues that merit greater attention. The focus is mainly on how society can derive the greatest benefit from innovation and what needs to be done to achieve this.