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Why and how innovations get adopted: a tale of four models

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  • Richard R Nelson
  • Alexander Peterhansl
  • Bhaven Sampat

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Scholars studying innovation have proposed several different models of the adoption process. This essay identifies two broad dimensions which differentiate the principal models: the strength of the evidence regarding an innovation's efficacy and the extent of increasing returns. In this essay, we propose that differences across these dimensions map to four models of the adoption/diffusion process prominent in the literature. We then analyze the diffusion patterns of six well-studied innovations in terms these variables, and discuss which models seems to fit them best. Copyright 2004, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Industrial and Corporate Change.

Volume (Year): 13 (2004)
Issue (Month): 5 (October)
Pages: 679-699

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Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:13:y:2004:i:5:p:679-699

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  1. Bodas Freitas, Isabel Maria, 2008. "Sources of differences in the pattern of adoption of organizational and managerial innovations from early to late 1990s, in the UK," Research Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 37(1), pages 131-148, February.
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  7. Martin Hohnisch & Sabine Pittnauer & Dietrich Stauffer, 2006. "A Percolation-Based Model Explaining Delayed Take-Off in New-Product Diffusion," Bonn Econ Discussion Papers, University of Bonn, Germany bgse9_2006, University of Bonn, Germany.
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  9. Alex Bryson & Rafael Gomez & Tobias Kretschmer, 2005. "Catching a wave: the adoption of voice and high commitment workplace practices in Britain: 1984-1998," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library 19909, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  10. Alexander Frenzel Baudisch & Hariolf Grupp, 2006. "Evaluating the market potential of innovations: A structured survey of diffusion models," Jenaer Schriften zur Wirtschaftswissenschaft, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät 21/2006, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.

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