A Biography of Innovations: From Birth to Maturity

Journal of Scientometric Research,2018,7,1,70-74.
Published:May 2018
Type:Book Review
Author(s) affiliations:

Ashish Gosain

Centre for Studies in Science Policy, School of Social Sciences-II, Room No. 223, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi – 110067, INDIA.


This book reminds one of the underexplored themes that study technological innovation, in terms of the cognitive, psychological and mental processes behind thinking and innovation. The author tries to establish a connection between the organic existence of human beings and that of technology, through its life time. In the economics of technology change literature, the product cycle model has been accorded a decent burial, what with Dunning’s ownership-location-internalisation paradigm, arising to explain the failures of the Product life cycle model in the globalisation era. Given the contestations of the scheme of globalisation, it is only fair to consider both as still alive and kicking. This Book is inspired by a cognitive hangover, given the reality that countries that do not innovate deal with mature technologies and the scope of innovative activity is known to be downstream labour-intensive processes. Vernon would be delighted to see this sentimental ode to his now disbanded paradigm. That said, to be fair the project that this Book executes operates at a different level. Therein lies the promise of the Project that the Book tries to engage with, i.e., whether it is natural to be innovative or in other words, whether innovation is a natural extension of one’s being. This work perhaps serves to underscore the reconfiguration of human agency, through the lens of what is human about the human mind and what the mind behind the human is. Read more. . . 


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Gosain A. A Biography of Innovations: From Birth to Maturity. Journal of Scientometric Research. 2018;7(1):70-74. doi:10.5530/jscires.7.1.11.