Methodos Series

Complexity Perspectives in Innovation and Social Change

Editors: Lane, D., Pumain, D., van der Leeuw, S.E., West, G. (Eds.)

  • Focus on invention and innovation as socio-technical processes
  • Applied complex system perspective
  • Innovative social science theory
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Innovation is nowadays a question of life and death for many of the economies of the western world. Yet, due to our generally reductionist scientific paradigm, invention and innovation are rarely studied scientifically. Most work prefers to study its context and its consequences. As a result, we are as a society, lacking the scientific tools to understand, improve or otherwise impact on the processes of invention and innovation. This book delves deeply into that topic, taking the position that the complex systems approach, with its emphasis on ‘emergence’, is better suited than our traditional approach to the phenomenon. In a collection of very coherent papers, which are the result of an EU-funded four year international research team’s effort, it addresses various aspect of the topic from different disciplinary angles. One of the main emphases is the need, in the social sciences, to move away from neo-darwinist ‘population thinking’ to ‘organization thinking’ if we want to understand social evolution. Another main emphasis is on developing a generative approach to invention and innovation, looking in detail at the contexts within which invention and innovation occur, and how these contexts impact on the chances for success or failure. Throughout, the book is infused with interesting new insights, but also presents several well-elaborated case studies that connect the ideas with a substantive body of ‘real world’ information.

The research presented in this volume, developed in the EC-funded Project ISCOM (Information Society as a Complex System), takes off from two fundamental premises: -- to guide innovation policies, taking account of the social, economic and geographic dimensions of innovation processes are at least as critical as the science and technology; and -- complex systems science is essential for understanding these dimensions.

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From the reviews: “This important book presents an articulated and original approach to understanding innovation as a collective, systemic, and evolutionary process engendered by generative relations that enable agents and social systems to overcome the challenges of the limits to growth. … this book makes an important contribution. It provides new foundations to implementing a broader evolutionary approach to economics … . this book makes a substantial contribution to implementing a systemic theory of innovation.” (Cristiano Antonelli, Regional Studies, Vol. 44 (4), May, 2010)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lane, David (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • From Population to Organization Thinking

    Lane, David (et al.)

    Pages 11-42

  • The Innovation Innovation

    Read, Dwight (et al.)

    Pages 43-84

  • The Long-Term Evolution of Social Organization

    Leeuw, Sander (et al.)

    Pages 85-116

  • Biological Metaphors in Economics: Natural Selection and Competition

    Ginzburg, Andrea

    Pages 117-152

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Complexity Perspectives in Innovation and Social Change
Editors
  • David Lane
  • Denise Pumain
  • Sander Ernst van der Leeuw
  • Geoffrey West
Series Title
Methodos Series
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9663-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9663-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9662-4
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8179-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 492
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