Innovation Translation and Innovation Diffusion: A Comparison of Two Different Approaches to Theorising Technological Innovation

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Tatnall, Arthur (2009) Innovation Translation and Innovation Diffusion: A Comparison of Two Different Approaches to Theorising Technological Innovation. International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovation, 1 (2). pp. 67-74. ISSN 1942-535X

Abstract

The process of innovation involves getting new ideas accepted and new technologies adopted and used. A number of approaches to the theorising of technological innovation exist, but this article will compare and contrast just two: Innovation Diffusion and Innovation Translation, giving examples of how each approach is used in different situations. While there are many advantages to use of a Translation approach, it is too simplistic to suggest that Translation always offers a better approach than Diffusion, and the article proposes that perhaps it should not be a case of either one approach or the other but the use of whichever is most appropriate to a particular investigation.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/4624
DOI https://doi.org/10.4018/jantti.2009040105
Official URL http://www.igi-global.com/gateway/contentowned/art...
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 0806 Information Systems
Historical > SEO Classification > 8903 Information Services
Keywords ResPubID17289, innovation diffusion, innovation translation, technological innovation
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