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Networks of Innovation: Change and Meaning in the Age of the Internet

Ilkka Tuomi


This book argues that innovation is about creating meaning; that it is inherently social; and is grounded in existing social practices. To understand the social basis of innovation and technology development we have to move beyond the traditional product-centric view on innovations. Integrating concepts from several disciplinary perspectives and detailed analyses of the evolution of Internet-related innovations, including packet-switched computer networks, the World Wide Web, and the Linux open source operating system, the book develops foundations for a new theoretical and practical understan ... More

Keywords: innovation, meaning, social practices, technology development, Internet, Linux, World Wide Web, specialization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199269051
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269051.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ilkka Tuomi, author
Visiting Scientist at the European Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville