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Considering adoption: Towards a consumption-oriented approach to innovation

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  • Rekers, Josephine V.

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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.

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  • Rekers, Josephine V., 2012. "Considering adoption: Towards a consumption-oriented approach to innovation," Papers in Innovation Studies 2011/14, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:lucirc:2011_014
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    Keywords

    innovation adoption and diffusion; consumption; sociology of scientific knowledge; Alfred Weber; knowledge economy;

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    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General

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