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The Invention of Technological Innovation.

The Invention of Technological Innovation

Benoit Godin

Edward Elgar Publishing

9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815

9781789903331, $145.00, HC, 336pp,

Synopsis: "The Invention of Technological Innovation: Languages, Discourses and Ideology in Historical Perspective", Benoit Godin (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Canada) has produced a timely study that provides an intellectual and conceptual history of a key representation of innovation: technological innovation. Tracing the history of the discourses of scholars, practitioners and policy-makers, and exploring how and why innovation became defined as technological, Professor Godin studies the emergence of the term, its meaning, and its transformation and use over time.

Part I of this unique body of work offers a genealogy of technological innovation from technological unemployment through technological change and technological progress. Part II then turns to the discourse on technological innovation, asserting that it has emerged as a key term because it serves utilitarian functions.

"The Invention of Technological Innovation" will be of particular interest to students and academics who are studying the concepts and theories of innovation, whilst also being a key resource for corporate and governmental policy-makers, managers and analysts looking to gain a deeper understanding of the topic.

Critique: Enhanced for academia with six appendices, figures, tables, a fifty-three page bibliography, and a three page index, "The Invention of Technological Innovation: Languages, Discourses and Ideology in Historical Perspective" is a meticulous and seminal work of deftly organized and presented scholarship that is unreservedly recommended for both college and university library collections.

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Author:Carson, Michael J.
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Date:Dec 1, 2019
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