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In this book Eric von Hippel describes the phenomenon of user-generated innovation. He finds out that manufacturers are not the only ones that innovate: sometimes it happened that users made the innovations that satisfied their needs. He provides some example and studies the features and effects of that process.

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The topic of the book is apparently about the factors that lead two competing industrial clusters to greatly different outcomes and evolutions. It is hence focused on business and competition, but (indirectly?) it is also about innovation: Silicon Valley is one of the more innovative cluster in the world and the factors responsible for its [...]

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This book, edited by Nelson but written by many scholars, has represented a change in the way of studying innovation: it was the first book introducing the perspective of analyzing innovation inside its environment, considering social, economical and institutional aspects. Nelson identifies the “national innovation system” as the system formed by all the social and [...]

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I was not expecting to list this book here: I thought it was a book on food, but once I read it I discovered it is about sustainability as well. The author analyses the production chain of different food (and meals) taking into account the consumed resources, the pollution, the quality, and the hidden costs. [...]

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In the XX century an invention changed completely the way of trading: the shipping container. Usually people do not think about the container as an invention since it looks like just obvious that things have to be put in some kind of box for shipping, but still in the near past it was not so. [...]

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This book is about the problem of sustainability. The author explains, referencing many authors and studies, how the current economic model is not self-sustainable and how it already damaged the ecological environment, how it flattened cultural diversities, how it consumed resources without replacing them, condemning not only the humans but the nature as a whole to [...]

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This is a famous and important book about history and sociology (and philosophy?) of science. It analyzes the way science evolves: with an historical approach the author shows how science doesn’t progress in a linear way, but instead by small increases alternated by scientific revolutions in which the paradigm shifts. Kuhn examines mainly the historical [...]

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This is a philosophical book about the technology, more specifically about the relationship between the technology and man (and society). The main idea is that technological artifacts are not independent objects, but rather they form a technological system in which every object is interconnected to the other and cannot be considered independent since its function [...]

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The book explains This book describes the quite recent phenomenon of collective collaboration that has been possible with the diffusion of Internet. It is relevant for our research because collective mass collaboration is both an innovation of process, and the process by which some innovations are made. For instance the biggest encyclopedia ever, “Wikipedia”, or [...]

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This book contains an historical analysis about economical and technical development of nations, mainly focused in the last 600 years, with a particular importance to colonialism. It explains the causes, the reasons, and the mechanisms that made possible for some countries to achieve economical success and others with apparently similar initial situation to fail. The author investigates [...]

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