1st Edition

Technology Innovation Models, Dynamics, and Processes

By Angelo Bonomi Copyright 2023
    164 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Technology Innovation discusses the fundamental aspects of processes and structures of technology innovation. It offers a new perspective concerning fundamentals aspects not directly involved in the complex relations existing between technology and the socio-economic system.

    By considering technology and its innovation from a scientific point of view, the book presents a novel definition of technology as a set of physical, chemical and biological phenomena, producing an effect exploitable for human purposes. Expanding on the general model of technology innovation by linking the model of technology, based on a structure of technological operations, with the models of the structures for technology innovation, based on organization of fluxes of knowledge and capitals, the book considers various technological processes and the stages of the innovation process.

    • Explains a novel definition of technology as a set of physical, chemical and biological phenomena producing an effect exploitable for human purposes
    • Discusses technology innovation as result of structures organizing fluxes of knowledge and capitals
    • Provides a technology model simulating the functioning of technology with its optimization
    • Presents a technology innovation model explaining the territorial technology innovation process
    • Offers a perspective on the evolution of technology in the frame of an industrial platform network

    The book is intended for academics, graduate students and technology developers who are involved in operations management and research, innovation and technology development.

    1. Introduction. 2. The Nature and Definition of Technology. 3. A Scientific Definition of Technology. 4. Scientific Models of Technology and Its Innovation. 5. Innovation and Technology Innovation. 6. The Complexity of Technology. 7. Technology and the Environment. 8. Applications of the Models. 9. Perspectives and Future of Technology Innovation. 10. Conclusion. Appendix.


    Angelo Bonomi obtained a doctorate in Industrial Chemistry of the University of Milan in 1969. In 1970, he joined the Geneva Research Centre of Battelle Memorial Institute for R&D projects and scientific research in electrochemistry. In 1980, he shifted to studies on technology assessments and trends. In 1988, he joined a start-up in France for contract research and generation of start-ups. In 1993, he was consultant for technological innovation in Italian industrial districts and for urban waste treatments and environmental protection. His major contribution was in the foundation of Consortium Ruvaris, a consortium for cooperation in R&D of about 20 firms producing taps and valves. From 2001 to 2004, he taught technology innovation management at SUPSI (Switzerland). Since 2013, he has collaborated as Senior Research Associate at IRCrES, Research Institute on Sustainable Economic Growth of the National Research Council of Italy, for studies on technology innovation and territorial innovation systems. He is author of the book Technology Dynamics (CRC Press, 2020) and three chapters about models of technology and its innovation in the book, Innovation Economics, Engineering and Management Handbook, edited by Prof. Uzunidis and coworkers of the French University of Littoral (ISTE-Wiley, 2021). His research activity is reported on his personal site www.complexitec.org.