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Repurposing and Legacy of Innovation

In: A Cross-Disciplinary Primer on the Meaning and Principles of Innovation


  • Matthew M. Mars


Instances of innovation are not always limited to a single point in time. In some cases, innovations can be repurposed over time to address multiple issues and/or solve multiple problems. The functionality of particularly influential innovations can extend over time, settings, and conditions, in which case a legacy is established. In the current chapter, the concepts of repurposing and legacy are discussed using as a primary example the Greco-Roman arch.

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  • Matthew M. Mars, 2014. "Repurposing and Legacy of Innovation," Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Growth, in: Matthew M. Mars & Sherry Hoskinson (ed.),A Cross-Disciplinary Primer on the Meaning and Principles of Innovation, volume 23, pages 51-63, Emerald Publishing Ltd.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:aseizz:s1048-4736(2013)0000023006

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