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Taking Advantage of Emergence: Productively Innovating in Complex Innovation Systems

Deborah Dougherty


Our most pressing societal problems such as enhancing health care, developing alternate energy, revitalizing cities, and advancing the economy are complex innovation systems. Leveraging the enormous potential of sciences and technologies into better resolutions for these complex social and economic challenges requires a transformation in social technologies we use to tap into this potential. We can grapple with these complex innovation systems effectively only by taking advantage of emergence. This book articulates three new social technologies that organize infrastructures of complex innovati ... More

Keywords: Emergence, abductive learning, complexity, social technologies, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, innovation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198725299
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198725299.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah Dougherty, author
Professor of Management and Global Business Department, Rutgers Business School, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey