Innovation is almost always seen as a "good thing". Challenging the Innovation Paradigm is a critical analysis of the innovation frenzy and contemporary innovation research. The one-sided focus on desirable effects of innovation misses many opportunities to reduce the undesirable consequences. Authors in this book show how systemic effects outside the innovating firms reduce the net benefits of innovation for individual employees, customers, as well as for society as a whole - also the innovators' own organizations.

This book analyzes the dominant discourses that construct and reconstruct the assumptions and one-sidedness of contemporary innovation research (generally known as the pro-innovation bias) by focusing on consequences of innovation, distinguishing between intended and unintended as well as desirable and undesirable consequences. Contributors illustrate how both the discourses of innovation and the consequences of innovation permeate all levels of society: in policy discourse, in academic discourse, in research funding, in national innovation systems, in the financial sector, in organizational and work contexts, and in environmental pollution. The volume offers a critical, multidisciplinary, and multinational perspective on the topic, with authors from diverse academic fields examining and making comparisons between a variety of national contexts.

chapter |12 pages

Challenging the Innovation Paradigm

The Prevailing Pro-Innovation Bias
ByPernilla Gripenberg, Karl-Erik Sveiby, Beata Segercrantz

part |72 pages

Problematizing Innovation

chapter |22 pages

On the Limits of What Can Be Said about ‘Innovation'

Interplay and Contrasts Between Academic and Policy Discourses
ByMartin Fougère, Nancy Harding

chapter |24 pages


An Old Word for a New World, or the De-Contestation of a Political and Contested Concept
ByBenoît Godin

chapter |24 pages

The Unintended and Undesirable Consequences

Neglected by Innovation Research
ByKarl-Erik Sveiby, Pernilla Gripenberg, Beata Segercrantz

part |81 pages

Understanding the Systemic Nature of Innovation

chapter |26 pages

Accelerating the Innovation Race

Do We Need Reflexive Brakes?
ByMervi Hasu, Karl-Heinz Leitner, Nikodemus Solitander, Urmas Varblane

chapter |30 pages

Innovation and the Global Financial Crisis

Systemic Consequences of Incompetence
ByKarl-Erik Sveiby

chapter |23 pages

Weak Signals for Opting Out of the Innovation Race

ByKarl-Heinz Leitner

part |88 pages

Exploring Unintended Consequences of Innovation

chapter |17 pages

Do Major Innovation Models Consider Unintended Consequences?

A Review and Revised Framework
ByMartin Lindell

chapter |17 pages

From Autonomous Craftsmen to Compliant Resources

Implications for Undesirable Consequences of Innovation
ByBeata Segercrantz

chapter |26 pages

Organizational Innovations

An Exploratory Study of Negative Effects
ByAlmudena Cañibano, Oihana Basilio, M. Paloma Sánchez

chapter |18 pages

Information and Communication Technology as an Exporter of CO2 Emissions

ByMitsutaka Matsumoto, Kotaro Kawajiri

chapter |8 pages

Challenging the Innovation Paradigm

Conclusions, Practical Implications, and Future Research
ByKarl-Erik Sveiby, Pernilla Gripenberg, Beata Segercrantz