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Godin, Benoît (2008). Innovation: the history of a category Working Paper. Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Centre Urbanisation Culture Société, Montréal.

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Innovation is everywhere. In the world of goods (technology) certainly, but also in the realm of words. Innovation is discussed in scientific and technical literature, in social sciences such as sociology, management and economics, and in the humanities and arts. Innovation is also a central idea in the popular imaginary, in the media and in public policy. How has innovation acquired such a central place in our society? This paper looks at innovation as category, and suggests an outline for a genealogical history. It identifies the concepts that have defined innovation through history, from its very first meaning as novelty in the Middle Ages to the most recent interpretations in sociology and economics. The paper suggests a genealogical history of innovation through the following three concepts: Imitation → Invention → Innovation.

Type de document: Monographie (Working Paper)
Mots-clés libres: innovation; histoire
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 12 nov. 2020 20:11
Dernière modification: 12 nov. 2020 20:11
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/10023

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