Innovation and Social Process

Innovation and Social Process

A National Experiment in Implementing Social Technology

1st Edition - January 1, 1980

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  • Authors: Louis G. Tornatzky, Esther O. Fergus, Joseph W. Avellar
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483149820

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Innovation and Social Process: A National Experiment in Implementing Social Technology discusses concerns, design, and methodologies of an experiment that deals with society's perception of innovation. Comprised of 11 chapters, the book first provides an overview of innovation, change, and problems of implementation; social process; and social innovation. The third chapter covers the methods of designing an experiment in organizational innovation, while the fourth chapter tackles participative decision making and innovation, and the fifth chapter tackles organization development and the implementation of an innovation. Chapter 6 deals with indigenous introduction and innovation; Chapter 7 on the other hand discusses promoting innovation communication through print. Chapter 8 talks about a case study of bureaucratic entrepreneurship, while Chapter 9 tackles site visits and innovation processes. The tenth chapter discusses perils of change agent training, and the last chapter provides an overview of the previous chapters. The book will be of great interest to researchers in the fields of psychology and sociology, since it provides a behavioral overview of society's reaction to innovation.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    Part I: An Introductory Overview

    Chapter 1 Innovation, Change, and the Problems of Implementation

    Social Innovation: Image and Reality

    Creating Social Innovations That Work

    On the Utilization of Scientific Knowledge


    Chapter 2 Social Process and Social Innovation

    Bureaucracies and Innovation

    Social Process and Social Change Theory: A Literature Review

    The Current Study

    Part II: A National Experiment in the Implementation of Innovation

    Chapter 3 Designing an Experiment in Organizational Innovation

    Getting Past the Gatekeepers: The Phase I Experiment

    Implementing the Innovation: The Phase II Experiment

    Chapter 4 Participative Decision Making and Innovation


    Process Results

    Experimental Conditions and Innovation

    Organizational Characteristics and Innovation Decisions

    Summary and Conclusions: Phase I Experiment

    Chapter 5 Organization Development and the Implementation of an Innovation

    On Changing Organizational Systems

    Experimental Design and Hypotheses

    Results - Process and Implementation

    Organizational Characteristics and Implementation


    Part III: Studies in Peer Processes

    Chapter 6 Indigenous Interaction and Innovation


    Does a Network of Indigenous Dissemination Exist: An Exploratory Study


    Chapter 7 Promoting Innovation Communication through Print Media: An Experiment


    Experimental Design

    Summary and Implications

    Chapter 8 El Dorado: A Case Study of Bureaucratic Entrepreneurship

    The Bureaucratic Entrepreneur

    Routinization of the Innovation

    The Relationship between Bureaucratic Entrepreneurship and Routinization: The Case of El Dorado

    Chapter 9 Site Visits and Innovation Processes: An Experiment

    The Persistent Problem of Uncertainty




    Chapter 10 Perils of Change Agent Training: Pilot Effort

    A Plan for Change Agent Training

    The Non-Working Network

    Chapter 11 An Overview

    The Findings

    The Phase I and Phase II Experiments

    Peer Processes and Innovation

    Policy Implications



    About the Authors

Product details

  • No. of pages: 238
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1980
  • Published: January 1, 1980
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483149820

About the Authors

Louis G. Tornatzky

Esther O. Fergus

Joseph W. Avellar

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