Networks Of Innovation: Change And Meaning In The Age Of The Internet

Paperback | March 28, 2006

byIlkka Tuomi

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Innovations are adopted when users integrate them in meaningful ways into existing social practices. Histories of major technological innovations show that often the creative initiative of users and user communities becomes the determining factor in the evolution of particular innovations. Theevolutionary routes of the telephone, the Internet, the World Wide Web, email, and the Linux operating system all took their developers by surprise. Articulation of these technologies as meaningful products and systems was made possible by innovative users and unintended resources.Iterative and interactive models have replaced the traditional linear model of innovation during the last decade. Yet, heroic innovators and entrepreneurs, unambiguous functionality of products, and a focus on the up-stream aspects of innovation still underlie much discussion on innovation,intellectual property rights, technology policy, and product development. Coherent conceptual, theoretical and practical conclusions from research on knowledge creation, theory of learning, history of technology, and the social basis of innovative change have rarely been made.This book argues that innovation is about creating meaning; that it is inherently social; and is grounded in existing social practices. To understand the social basis of innovation and technology development we have to move beyond the traditional product-centric view on innovations. Integratingconcepts from several disciplinary perspectives and detailed analyses of the evolution of Internet-related innovations, including packet-switched computer networks, World Wide Web, and the Linux open source operating system, the book develops foundations for a new theoretical and practicalunderstanding of innovation. For example, it shows that innovative development can occur in two qualitatively different ways, one based on evolving specialization and the other based on recombination of existing socially produced resources. The expanding communication and collaboration networks haveincreased the importance of the recombinatory mode making mobility of resources, sociotechnical translation mechanisms, and meaning creation in communities of practice increasingly important for innovation research and product development.

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Innovations are adopted when users integrate them in meaningful ways into existing social practices. Histories of major technological innovations show that often the creative initiative of users and user communities becomes the determining factor in the evolution of particular innovations. Theevolutionary routes of the telephone, the I...

Ilkka Tuomi is at Visiting Scientist at the European Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville. Ilkka Tuomi is at Visiting Scientist at the European Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.62 inPublished:March 28, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019926905X

ISBN - 13:9780199269051

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Innovation as Multifocal Development of Social Practice3. Inventing the Web4. Making of the Internet5. Analysis of the Early Phase of Internet Development6. Socio-cognitive Spaces of Innovation and Meaning Creation7. Breaking through a Technological Frame8. Combination and Specialization in the Evolution of the Internet9. Retrospection and Attribution in the History of Arpanet and Internet10. Learning from Linux11. Concluding Remarks

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`Tuomi's excellent work analyses the complex relationships between innovative change and the construction of meaning. If you are interested in the wider societal and economic implications of the Internet, you should read this book!'Georg von Krogh, Professor of Management, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland