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CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University

No 2011/14:
Considering adoption: Towards a consumption-oriented approach to innovation

Josephine V. Rekers ()

Abstract: What are the forces that shape the adoption of innovations? This question has been sidelined in a largely production-centric literature on the economic geography of innovation. Inspired by Weber’s dual concern with procurement and distribution activities in the location of industry, this paper examines the new nature of distances products must overcome en route to the market, and the resources that are necessary to do this successfully. Building on findings in sociology, this paper suggest a consumption-centric perspective and future research on innovation in the knowledge-based economy, which foregrounds the significance of actors that are able to validate new products.

Keywords: innovation adoption and diffusion; consumption; sociology of scientific knowledge; Alfred Weber; knowledge economy; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: O30; (follow links to similar papers)

30 pages, February 27, 2012

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