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Classifications of innovations: Survey and future directions

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The purpose of this paper is to focus on similarity and/or heterogeneity of taxonomies of innovation present in the economic fields to show as the economic literature uses different names to indicate the same type of technical change and innovation, and the same name for different types of innovation. This ambiguity of classification makes it impossible to compare the various studies; moreover the numerous typologies existing in the economics of innovation, technometrics, economics of technical change, management of technology, etc., have hindered the development of knowledge in these fields. The research presents also new directions on the classification of innovation that try to overcome these problems.

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Paper provided by Institute for Economic Research on Firms and Growth - Moncalieri (TO) in its series CERIS Working Paper with number 200602.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2006
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Handle: RePEc:csc:cerisp:200602

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Keywords: Classifications; Taxonomy; Technical change; Product; Innovation Patterns; Management of Technology; Economics of innovation;

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