Editorial: Going beyond the hard core of innovation. Non-technological and non-economic dimensions of innovation systems Online publication date: Sat, 29-Nov-2014
by Steffen Roth, Ralf Wetzel, Karel Muller
International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development (IJIRD), Vol. 3, No. 1, 2011
Abstract: Against the background of the current 'technology goes economic market' focus of mainstream innovation research, this editorial introduces contributions to a special issue explicitly devoted to the corresponding research gap: non-technological and non-economic innovations are indeed hardly explored; even approaches focusing on non-technological or social innovations still have a strong bias towards the economy. In contrast to both the mainstream and these alternative approaches to innovation, the editorial outlines a concept of socially robust innovations, i.e., innovations that have impact on both economic and non-economic spheres of society, and that can therefore be supposed to be more profitable in terms of, again, both economic and non-economic profit.
Online publication date: Sat, 29-Nov-2014
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