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Communities of Practice and Vintage Innovation

A Strategic Reaction to Technological Change


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Business book series (BRIEFSBUSINESS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Francesco Schiavone
    Pages 1-23
  3. Francesco Schiavone
    Pages 25-49
  4. Francesco Schiavone
    Pages 51-69
  5. Francesco Schiavone
    Pages 71-88
  6. Francesco Schiavone
    Pages 89-106

About this book


This book focuses on the notion of “vintage innovation” and its application in various old technology-based communities of practice. Some communities of practice resist and react to technological change by adopting new technological products (“vintage products”) that extend the lifetime of their old, favored products and practices. There are a number of potential reasons for such strategic reactions, which are analyzed by the author. The book opens by reviewing the nature of technological change. Old technology-based communities of practice and their typical reactions to technological change are then discussed, and the concept of vintage innovation, introduced and explained. The book presents four case studies of communities of users in which vintage innovation emerged: analog photographers, radio amateurs, arcade videogame players, and disc jockeys.​


communities of practice innovation management marketing of innovation technological change vintage innovation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University ParthenopeNaplesItaly

About the authors

Francesco Schiavone received the Ph.D. degree in network economics and knowledge management from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy, in 2006. Since 2007, he has been an Assistant Professor in management at University Parthenope, Naples, Italy. He is also a Visiting Professor in theory of the firm at the University de Castilla, La Mancha, Spain, and innovation management in ESG Management School, Paris, France. He was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Twente, The Netherlands, in 2004. Since 2010, he has been involved in research on strategic reactions to technological change by companies and communities of users. His current research interests include technological change, innovation, business strategies, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Schiavone has been serving as the Guest Editor of special issues and is a member of the Editorial Boards from various international journals. Since 2012, he has been a member of the scientific panel of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM).

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