Innovation by Demand: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of Demand and Its Role in Innovation

Innovation by Demand: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of Demand and Its Role in Innovation

Innovation by Demand: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of Demand and Its Role in Innovation

Innovation by Demand: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of Demand and Its Role in Innovation

Synopsis

This book brings together a range of sociologists and economists to study the role of demand and consumption in the innovative process. It begins with a broad conceptual overview of ways that the sociological and economics literatures address issues of innovation, demand, and consumption. It goes on to offer different approaches to the economics of demand and innovation through an evolutionary framework, before reviewing how consumption fits into evolutionary models of economic development.

Excerpt

The CRIC-MUP series New Dynamics of Innovation and Competition is designed to make an important contribution to this continually expanding field of research and scholarship. As a series of edited volumes, it combines approaches and perspectives developed by CRIC’s own research agenda with those of a wide range of internationally renowned scholars. a distinctive emphasis on processes of economic and social transformation frames the cric research programme. Research on the significance of demand and consumption, on the empirical and theoretical understanding of competition and markets, and on the complex inter-organisational basis of innovation processes, provides the thematic linkage between the successive volumes of the series. At the interface between the different disciplines of economics, sociology, management studies and geography, the development of economic sociology lends a unifying methodological approach. a strong comparative and historical dimension to the variety of innovation processes in different capitalist economies and societies is supported by the international character of the contributions.

The series is based on international workshops hosted by cric which have encouraged debate and diversity at the leading edge of innovation studies.

Cric is an esrc funded research centre based in the University of Manchester and umist.

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