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Ed Mansfield and the Diffusion of Innovation: An Evolutionary Connection

In: Essays in Honor of Edwin Mansfield

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  • J. S. Metcalfe

    (University of Manchester)

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The analysis of the diffusion of innovation was a central theme in Ed Mansfield’s work over many years. In this essay I summarise his analysis of logistic diffusion processes and relate his work to earlier studies of industrial retardation and subsequent work on evolutionary economic processes. A distinction has to be drawn between the logistic law and the logistic curve, the latter being only one instantiation of the more general law which is itself a signature of evolutionary selection processes within a population of rival innovations.

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  • J. S. Metcalfe, 2005. "Ed Mansfield and the Diffusion of Innovation: An Evolutionary Connection," Springer Books, in: Albert N. Link & F. M. Scherer (ed.), Essays in Honor of Edwin Mansfield, pages 259-269, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sprchp:978-0-387-25022-9_20
    DOI: 10.1007/0-387-25022-0_20
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