Innovation Without Growth: Technological Change in a Post-Growth Era

32 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2019

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Mario Pansera

University of Bristol; Autonomous University of Barcelona - Department of Business Administration

mariano fressoli

Center for Research for Transformation (Cenit)

Date Written: November 14, 2019

Abstract

The feasibility and desirability of endless economic growth is being increasingly questioned by scholars and activists. While envisioning alternative economic models is key to assure the sustainability and wellbeing of present and future generations, few studies have analysed what might be the role of ‘innovation’ in a post-growth era. Innovating has become the imperative for the survival and expansion of any form of organisation. But this ‘innovate or die mania’ underpins assumptions – such as technological determinism and productivism - that neglect the socially constructed character of technological development, its politics and its capacity to enable just and equitable societies but also dystopian technocratic futures. In this paper we posit that untangling innovation from growth is key to imagine a post-growth era. We show how alternative bottom up initiatives, promoted by a variety of different organizational forms, have challenged mainstream ideas about innovation and growth. These experiments provide a glimpse about what ‘innovation without growth’ could mean in terms of technology and social organization. We conclude by proposing new paths in research aimed at exploring under which conditions post-growth-oriented organizations can flourish and diffuse.

Keywords: Innovation, technological change, degrowth, post-growth organizations

Suggested Citation

Pansera, Mario and Pansera, Mario and fressoli, mariano, Innovation Without Growth: Technological Change in a Post-Growth Era (November 14, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3486805 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3486805

Mario Pansera (Contact Author)

University of Bristol ( email )

University of Bristol,
Senate House, Tyndall Avenue
Bristol, Avon BS8 ITH
United Kingdom

Autonomous University of Barcelona - Department of Business Administration ( email )

Campus Bellaterra, Edifici B.
Bellaterra (Barcelona), 08193
SPAIN

Mariano Fressoli

Center for Research for Transformation (Cenit) ( email )

Callao 353 3º B
Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, CP C1022AA
Argentina

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