Title: The contribution of the concept of social practice to the field of innovation

Authors: Yára Lúcia Mazziotti Bulgacov; Sieglinde Kindl Da Cunha; Denise De Camargo; Fabíola Bevervanço Zdepski

Addresses: University Positivo, Professor Pedro Viriato Parigot de Souza Street, 5300, Campo Comprido, Curitiba, Paraná, 81280-330, Brazil ' University Positivo, Professor Pedro Viriato Parigot de Souza Street, 5300, Campo Comprido, Curitiba, Paraná, 81280-330, Brazil ' University Positivo, Professor Pedro Viriato Parigot de Souza Street, 5300, Campo Comprido, Curitiba, Paraná, 81280-330, Brazil ' University Positivo, Professor Pedro Viriato Parigot de Souza Street, 5300, Campo Comprido, Curitiba, Paraná, 81280-330, Brazil

Abstract: This essay aims to present some foundations for the construction of a concept of practice in activity theory (AT) from the perspective of socio-historical and cultural psychology to supply the activity of innovative practice and the expansive learning, which is essential for new organisational network formats. Innovation gains importance when it moves towards a constructivist perspective, deviating from the representational views of language and individual dichotomies, to name a few, and contribute to the debate on the links between actors and innovation systems. It examines the dimensions held in common by the two approaches and shows their counterpoints and complementarities.

Keywords: activity theory; innovation theory; social practice; innovative practice; human activity; learning; organisational networks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2013.055521

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2013 Vol.14 No.2, pp.145 - 161

Available online: 31 Jul 2013 *

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