What is innovation? A study of the definitions, academic models and applicability of innovation to an example of social housing in England

Taylor, Simon Peter (2017) What is innovation? A study of the definitions, academic models and applicability of innovation to an example of social housing in England. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 5 (11). pp. 128-146.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.4236/jss.2017.511010

Abstract

Throughout history innovation has been conceived, defined, interpreted and understood in different ways but what is it? This study looks at innovation starting with a brief history of innovation. It then looks at a sample of the multiple definitions that there are of innovation throughout the literature and from these develops a composite definition. From this composite definition, key components such as the creative process and academic models of creativity are looked at. The research then looks at the applicability of innovation through highlighting two studies carried out in England of innovation being applied within a social housing organisation. Through the application by a two dimensional typology of social innovation they had identified innovation being applied to new services and improvements to existing services. The research concludes that innovation can be identified with the creation of a new product or service or an improvement of an existing product or service.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Open Journal of Social Sciences
Publisher: Scientific Research Publishing
ISSN: 2327-5960
Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Business, Law, Policing and Social Sciences
Additional Information: Article ID: 80628. Open access - this work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY 4.0). Simon Peter Taylor is a Graduate Student in Applied Social Science at the University of Cumbria, UK.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2017 15:23
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2017 18:59
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3475

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