The Means of Innovation, Ch. 1: Methods as the Locus of Human Innovation

The Means of Innovation: Creation and Control (Oxford University Press), Forthcoming

23 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2018

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Sean M. O'Connor

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Date Written: June 29, 2018

Abstract

This is a book about innovation and entrepreneurship within and across art, science, technology, and law. It focuses on the issues involved in transforming good ideas into deployed solutions. However, it does not presume that “innovation” and “entrepreneurship” are well defined, and it does not limit the dialogue to “technology” in the current sense of that term. Discussions revolve around the theme that methods are at the core of everything we do as creative humans and that they cannot always be reduced into writing. Thus, the role of tacit knowledge — including know-how and show-how — is elevated above the usual Western focus on artifacts and allographic expression of processes (writings and drawings).

Keywords: Innovation, entrepreneurship, methods, knowledge codification, art, science, technology, law, tacit knowledge, know-how, show-how

Suggested Citation

O'Connor, Sean M., The Means of Innovation, Ch. 1: Methods as the Locus of Human Innovation (June 29, 2018). The Means of Innovation: Creation and Control (Oxford University Press), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3278342

Sean M. O'Connor (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

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Arlington, VA 22201
United States

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