Editorial: Going Beyond the Hard Core of Innovation: Non-Technological and Non-Economic Dimensions of Innovation Systems

International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 1-11, 2011

11 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2011 Last revised: 7 May 2012

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Steffen Roth

La Rochelle Business School; University of Turku

Ralf Wetzel

Vlerick Business School

Karel Müller

Charles University in Prague

Abstract

Against the background of the current ‘technology goes economic market’ focus of mainstream innovation research, this editorial introduces contributions to a special issue explicitly devoted to the corresponding research gap: non-technological and non-economic innovations are indeed hardly explored; even approaches focusing on non-technological or social innovations still have a strong bias towards the economy. In contrast to both the mainstream and these alternative approaches to innovation, the editorial outlines a concept of socially robust innovations, i.e., innovations that have impact on both economic and non-economic spheres of society, and that can therefore be supposed to be more profitable in terms of, again, both economic and non-economic profit.

Keywords: systems of innovation, non-technological innovation, NTI, social dimension of innovation, robust innovation

JEL Classification: A14, O31

Suggested Citation

Roth, Steffen and Wetzel, Ralf and Müller, Karel, Editorial: Going Beyond the Hard Core of Innovation: Non-Technological and Non-Economic Dimensions of Innovation Systems. International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 1-11, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1942817

Steffen Roth (Contact Author)

La Rochelle Business School ( email )

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University of Turku ( email )

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Turku, 20014
Finland

Ralf Wetzel

Vlerick Business School ( email )

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Leuven, BE-3000
Belgium

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Karel Müller

Charles University in Prague ( email )

Celetná 13
Praha 1, 116 36
Czech Republic

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