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Innovation society today

Projektdaten
Title:
Innovation society today: The reflexive creation of novelty
Funding:
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Project Management:
Prof. Dr. Johann Köppel
Partner:
TU Berlin

  • FG Umweltprüfung und Umweltplanung
  • FG Techniksoziologie
  • FG Organisationssoziologie
  • FG Allgemeine Soziologie
  • FG Kulturelle Quellen von Neuheit
  • FG Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung
  • FG Innovationsökonomie
  • FG Medien und Geschlechtersoziologie
  • FG Technologie- und Innovationsmanagement
  • FG Technikgeschichte
  • Forschungsgruppe "Innovation in Governance"
    Leiter der Nachwuchsgruppe Politikinnovation
Leibniz Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung

  • Forschungsabteilung 3 "Kommunikations- und Wissensdynamiken im Raum"
Website:
www.innovation.tu-berlin.de

Overview and goals

While innovation has shaped modern society from its very inception, it is currently gainingnew dimensions: Innovation is becoming increasingly reflexive, heterogeneously distributed,and ubiquitous. Reflexive innovation implies more than the intentional transformation of routineactions; it also refers to the transformation of social practices based on continuously (re-)produced knowledge of innovation. Thus, innovation itself becomes the aim and purpose ofsocial activities. It has become a motif for action (semantics of novelty), a component of practicalroutines (pragmatics of creative performance), and part of systematically (re-)producedsocial structures of generating novelty (grammar of innovative regimes). Heterogeneouslydistributed innovation refers to the observed shift from the individual entrepreneur to a networkof divergent actors. Ubiquity indicates the current expansion of innovation beyond thetraditional spheres of science and economy and its generalization into an imperative for socialactions.

Hence, the graduate school will address key questions: How reflexively is novelty createdtoday, in which areas, and by which actors? Practices, orientations, and processes of innovationswill be studied in various areas of science and technology, the industrial and servicesectors, arts and culture, political governance, and social planning of urban and regionalspaces. Proposing a broader notion of societal innovation, the graduate school will strive todevelop a more differentiated social science-based view of innovation that extends beyondconventional economic perspectives. A series of case studies in various social spheres andtheir comparative analysis is intended to promote a deeper and empirically founded understandingof the meaning of innovation in society today and of the social processes it involves.

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Prof. Dr. Johann Köppel
+49 (0)30 314-73280
Room EB-211