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Making sense of innovation: from weapon to instrument to buzzword

Godin, Benoît (2016). Making sense of innovation: from weapon to instrument to buzzword Quaderni , nº 90. p. 21-40. DOI: 10.4000/quaderni.977.

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Innovation is a concept that everyone understands spontaneously – or thinks he understands – ; that every theorist talks about and every government espouses. Yet, it has not always been so. For the last five hundred years, the concept innovation has been a dirty word. The history of the concept of innovation is an untold story. It is a story of myths and conceptual confusions. In this paper, I study the ways in which thoughts on innovation of early-modern society gave rise to inno­vation theory in the twentieth century. Namely how, when and why a pejorative and morally connoted word shifted to a much valued concept. I offer a history of the concept of innovation, going back to Antiquity. A history that takes the use of the concept seriously : from polemical to instrumental to theoretical.

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Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 04 août 2017 14:51
Dernière modification: 04 août 2017 14:51
URI: http://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/6088

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