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The Cultural Side of Innovation

Adding Values, 1st Edition

By Dany Jacobs


214 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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In most discussions about the knowledge-based economy, innovation is associated or even equated with technology, while culture’s influence is ignored. Innovation is however embedded in cultural and social contexts, and neglecting these crucial contexts may impede an innovation’s diffusion—and eventual success.

This book places culture at the center of discussions on innovation, beginning with a comprehensive introduction to innovation’s various forms, including the history, sociology, and economics of innovation. Insights from marketing and psychology are integrated into a complexity theory framework, which are then utilized to evaluate case studies of organizations experiencing repeated innovation successes. The sometimes fraught relationship of firms to creativity is discussed, and a new model for to calculating the creativity of an economy is presented.


‘This book provides us with thrilling ideas about how innovations emerge and survive. Dany Jacob’s discussion about culture and the evolution of innovations touches upon a topic that ought to be more discussed by anyone who wants’ to understand tomorrow’s knowledge economy.’ -- Bertil Rolandsson, University of Gothenberg, Sweden

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Building Blocks 1. The Variety of Innovation 2. Technical and Cultural Aspects of Innovation 3. Degrees of Radicalness of Innovation 4. Darwinian Selection at Different Levels Part 2: Making Innovation Succeed 5. What Constitutes Fitness in an Economic Environment 6. Mapping Selection Systems 7. Co-Evolution: From Description to Prescription 8. Innovation Routines 9. A Never Ending Dance Part 3: Bonus Track Creativity and the Economy—A Somewhat Uneasy Relationship

About the Author

Dany Jacobs is Professor of Industrial Dynamics and Innovation Policy at the University of Amsterdam, as well as Professor of Art, Culture, and Economy at the Universities of Applied Science HAN and ArtEZ in Arnhem, the Netherlands. He is author of Mapping Strategic Diversity (2010).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology

This innovative series explores the role of innovation and innovation management and technological advances from an organizational perspective. This series brings together theories from a wide range of individual disciplines and examines both the internal understanding and management and also an external, shareholder perspective. Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology (RIOT!) features cutting -edge research addressing all the major issues in business and management today, helping to define and advance the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Workplace Culture
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Knowledge Capital