• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This book analyzes a range of social contexts in which human decisions shape technology in the market economy. It comprises a critical review of both a select research literature and in-depth historical studies. Material is drawn from many social science disciplines to inform the reader of the reality of taking decisions on innovation.

Technological Innovation
Technological innovation
Variety in the Meaning Attributed to Invention, Innovation and Technology and the Organisation of This Book

This chapter begins with a review of definitions of technology and innovation. This is then used to develop the device of the ‘technology complex’, a device that is exploited in the organisation of the rest of this book. This preference for the logical development of an argument from first principles does mean that discussion of the organisation of the book is postponed to half-way through the chapter. The second half of this chapter demonstrates the value of the technology complex as an intellectual tool by arguing for the comparative inadequacy of the more readily available concepts applicable to innovation and technological change.

Invention, Innovation and Technology

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