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Nonlinear Innovations

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6616-1_312-2


Analysis of Nonlinear Innovations

This entry will start, first, with a very short discussion of a set of linear models of innovations which are usually characterized by two important features. On the one hand, these models are specified in sequential stages and linearity and thus refer to a set of different innovation stages which have to be passed in time consecutively. On the other hand, linearity can be linked to the types of relations between these different stages which can be assumed as linear as well.

As a next step, these linear models will be transformed into nonlinear configurations. Here the focus shifts to nonlinear aspects of innovation processes as well as to the still predominant Schumpeterian framework for the cyclical diffusion of innovations.

The third part of this entry will advance a general nonlinear innovation framework which is largely based on complex,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Steinbeis Transfer Center New CyberneticsViennaAustria

Section editors and affiliations

  • David F. J. Campbell
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  1. 1.Unit for Quality Enhancement (UQE)University of Applied Arts ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Faculty for Interdisciplinary Studies (iff), Institute of Science Communication and Higher Education Research (WIHO)Alpen-Adria-University KlagenfurtViennaAustria
  3. 3.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  4. 4.Department for Continuing Education Research and Educational Management, Centre for Educational Management and Higher Education DevelopmentDanube University KremsKremsAustria