The book offers new theoretical perspectives on innovation, analyzes innovation processes in diverse innovation fields, and presents case studies that reflect the diversity of innovations fields.
To what extent and in what sense does innovation characterize our societies today? Innovations are no longer limited to the economic sphere; we find them in almost all areas of society today. Diverse actors generate innovations in different, increasingly reflexive ways. New concepts, practices, and institutional forms such as open source, crowdfunding, or citizen panels expand the spectrum.
Expanding the Innovation Zone.- Innovation Society Today. The Reflexive Creation of Novelty.- Fragmental Differentiation and the Practice of Innovation.- Reflexive Innovation.- Communicative Action, the New, and the Innovation Society.- The Creativity Dispositif and the Social Regimes of the New.- The Role of Newness in the Experience Economy.- What Is Strategic Marketing in an Innovation Society? A Frame of Reference.- Innovation by the Numbers: Crowdsourcing in the Innovation Process.- The Berlin Innovation Panel: History, Early Results, and Outlook.- 'Flash Mobs' as Innovation. On a New Social Form of Technically Mediated Congregation.- How Does Novelty Enter Spatial Planning?- Germany's Energiewende: Path Disruption or Reinforcement of the Established Path?- Innovating Governance: Epistemic and Political Reflexivities in the Remaking of Democracy.- Epistemic Innovation.- Projectification of Science as an Organizational Innovation. A Figurational Sociological Perspective on Emergence, Diffusion, and Impact.- Social Innovation.