Rethinking communication in innovation processes: creating space for change in complex systems

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Abstract

Abstract: In innovation studies, communication received explicit attention in the context of studies on the adoption and diffusion of innovation that dominated the field in the 1940-1970 period. Since then, our theoretical understanding of both innovation and communication has changed markedly. However, a systematic rethinking of the role of communication in innovation processes is largely lacking. This article reconceptualises the role of everyday communication and communicative intervention in innovation processes, and discusses practical implications. It is argued that we need to broaden our perspective on the types of (communicatively supported) intermediation that an innovation process includes and requires. Keywords: innovation, communication, discursive space, intermediaries, everyday talk
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-13
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event9th European IFSA Symposium, Vienna, Austria -
Duration: 4 Jul 20107 Jul 2010

Conference

Conference9th European IFSA Symposium, Vienna, Austria
Period4/07/107/07/10

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