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This publication analyzes a variety of social contexts during which human judgements form know-how available in the market economic system. It contains a severe evaluation of either a opt for learn literature and in-depth old experiences. fabric is drawn from many social technology disciplines to notify the reader of the truth of taking judgements on innovation.

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Marketing texts are the other major site of survival of the idea that technology and market are in opposition, but first it makes sense to return to the problems with the original push vs. pull studies of the 1960s and 1970s. Myers and Marquis’ study of the technology-push or market-pull ‘causes’ of a collection of innovations provides an example of the kind of conclusion that these studies tended to generate. The primary factor in only 21% of the successful innovations was the recognition of a technical opportunity.

It had to extend its organisational ‘reach’ into its users’ fabrication technology so that it could secure the profits on its chemical innovations (Hounshell and Smith 1988: 264). These examples certainly demonstrate that the ideas and various steps of development may be distributed between organisations in different ways, but more than this, the variation is a result of active accommodation to the innovative strengths and weaknesses of existing organisations. Invention and Innovation as Socio-cognitive Processes A striking feature of the stories of invention was the role of social context and prior expertise for the cognitive act of insight.

This example of ‘actor’ is of course only the first of many other imprecise inventions and shifts in meaning given to a run of words such as ‘actant’, ‘inscription’, ‘intermediary’. I remain sceptical of the value of this jargon. All these authors want to do is tell stories about technology and to tell the rest of us to tell stories about technology. If historians, economists and other sociologists can tell such stories without the burden of the ANT jargon, it is probably unnecessary. One should also keep in mind Andreski’s book Social Sciences as Sorcery, paying special attention to the chapter ‘The Smoke Screen of Jargon’ (Andreski 1974).

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