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Intending Engineering Work : A Conceptualisation of Engineers´ Understanding of Innovation through the Encounter with their Own Practice

Schaefer, Stephan LU (2010) EASST010
Abstract
Innovation is arguably one of the present-day buzzwords pervading economic, social as well as cultural life. The innovation concept however is highly ambiguous. Nevertheless most (positivistic) innovation studies employ seemingly “clear-cut” notions of innovation circumventing its highly elusive nature. These “clear-cut” innovation concepts are built on pre-conceived ontological assumptions. Interpretive research on the other hand either falls into a rationalistic trap or assumes absolute precedence of language. What is lacking are studies which embrace the ambiguous nature of innovation. In the following paper I intent to conceptualise how engineers come to understand innovation and how the creation of a contemplative space induced by... (More)
Innovation is arguably one of the present-day buzzwords pervading economic, social as well as cultural life. The innovation concept however is highly ambiguous. Nevertheless most (positivistic) innovation studies employ seemingly “clear-cut” notions of innovation circumventing its highly elusive nature. These “clear-cut” innovation concepts are built on pre-conceived ontological assumptions. Interpretive research on the other hand either falls into a rationalistic trap or assumes absolute precedence of language. What is lacking are studies which embrace the ambiguous nature of innovation. In the following paper I intent to conceptualise how engineers come to understand innovation and how the creation of a contemplative space induced by their own practices breeds multiple understandings of innovation and what implications this might entail for the organisation. For empirical illustration I draw on material from a longitudinal case study of a high-technology company. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Innovation is arguably one of the present-day buzzwords pervading economic, social as well as cultural life. The innovation concept however is highly ambiguous. Nevertheless most (positivistic) innovation studies employ seemingly “clear-cut” notions of innovation circumventing its highly elusive nature. These “clear-cut” innovation concepts are built on pre-conceived ontological assumptions. Interpretive research on the other hand either falls into a rationalistic trap or assumes absolute precedence of language. What is lacking are studies which embrace the ambiguous nature of innovation. In the following paper I intent to conceptualise how engineers come to understand innovation and how the creation of a contemplative space induced by their own practices breeds multiple understandings of innovation and what implications this might entail for the organisation. For empirical illustration I draw on material from a longitudinal case study of a high-technology company.},
  author       = {Schaefer, Stephan},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {20},
  title        = {Intending Engineering Work : A Conceptualisation of Engineers´ Understanding of Innovation through the Encounter with their Own Practice},
  year         = {2010},
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