Innovation in Science and Organizational Renewal

Historical and Sociological Perspectives

  • Thomas Heinze
  • Richard Münch

About this book


This book looks at the types of new research organizations that drive scientific innovation and how ground-breaking science transforms research fields and their organization. Based on historical case studies and comparative empirical data, the book presents new and thought-provoking evidence that improves our knowledge and understanding about how new research fields are formed and how research organizations adapt to breakthroughs in science. While the book is firmly based in science history, it discusses more general sociological and policy propositions regarding scientific innovations and organizational change. The volume brings together leading scholars both from the United States and Europe.


research policy science and public policy research organizations organizational renewal research evaluation

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Heinze
    • 1
  • Richard Münch
    • 2
  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Center for Science and Technology Studies (IZWT) University of WuppertalWuppertalGermany
  2. 2.University of BambergBambergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-59419-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-59420-4
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