The International Handbook on Innovation is the most comprehensive and authoritative account available of what innovation is, how it is measured, how it is developed, how it is managed, and how it affects individuals, companies, societies, and the world as a whole. Leading specialists from around the world, responsible for much of the current research in the field, analyze the multidisciplinary and multifaceted nature of innovation, its types and levels, its criteria, its development, its management, its specificity in various domains and contexts, and societal demands on it. They consider innovation from the viewpoints of psychology, management science, business, technology, sociology, philosophy, economics, history, education, art, and public policy. With contributions from over 90 distinguished authors covering 17 nations, readers will obtain expert insight into the latest research and future developments in the field of innovation. The Handbook will present many facets of innovation including its nature, its development, its measurement, its management, and its social, cultural, and historical context. The breadth of this work will allow the reader to acquire a comprehensive and panoramic picture of the nature of innovation within a single handbook. The reader will develop an accurate sense of what spurs potentially creative and innovative people and companies toward their extraordinary achievements and exceptional performances. The handbook can be used as a reference source for those who would like information about a particular topic, or from cover to cover either as a sourcebook or as a textbook in a course dealing with innovation. Anyone interested in knowing the wide range of issues regarding innovation will want to read this handbook.

Key Features

Contributions from over 90 distinguished authors covering 17 nations International in scope, reflecting global perspectives Essential reading for researchers and practitioners in the fields of psychology, management science, business, technology, sociology, philosophy, economics, history, education art, and public policy


Researchers, practitioners and students in the fields of psychology, management science, business, technology, sociology, philosophy, economics, history, education, art, and public policy.

Table of Contents

Dedication.Preface. Introduction. Understanding innovation: introduction to some important issues (L.V. Shavinina). The Nature of Innovation. The neurophysiological basis of innovation (L.R. Vandervert). On the nature of individual innovation (L.V. Shavinina, K.L. Seeratan). Models of innovation (D. Marinova, J. Phillimore). Evolutionary models of innovation and the Meno problem (T. Nickles). The three-ring conception of giftedness: its implications for understanding the nature of innovation (J.S. Renzulli). Innovation and strategic reflexivity: an evolutionary approach applied to services (J. Sundbo). The nature and dynamics of discontinuous and disruptive innovations from a learning and knowledge management perspective (E.G. Carayannis et al.). Profitable product innovation: the critical success factors (R.G. Cooper). Types of innovation (R.J. Sternberg et al.). Problem generation and innovation (R. Root-Bernstein). The role of flexibility in innovation (A.S. Georgsdottir et al.). The effect of mood on creativity in the innovative process (G. Kaufmann). Case studies of innovation: ordinary thinking, extraordinary outcomes (R.W. Weisberg). Innovation and evolution: managing tensions within and between the domains of theory and practice (J.R. Bailey, C.M. Ford). E-creativity and e-innovation (Keng Siau). Individual Differences in Innovative Ability. The art of innovation: polymaths and university of the creative process (R. Root-Bernstein). Development of Innovation Across the Life Span. Young inventors (N. Colangelo et al.). Exceptional creativity across the life span: the emergence and manifestation of creative genius (D.K. Simonton). Innovations by the frail elderly (T. Heinzen, N. Vail). Assessment of Innovation. The measurement of innovativeness (R.E. Goldsmith, G.R. Foxall).


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About the editor

Larisa Shavinina

Affiliations and Expertise

Universite du Quebec, Canada


" outstanding compendium about the human knowledge about innovation, which deserves pride of place in the library of any any scholar interested in the advancement of science."
—Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 72, Issue 1, 2005. "..a timely and monumental tome on innovation research" International Journal of Information Management, June 2004. "Deserves a place as a reference text for academics, practitioners and policy makers. ... [B]y providing critical questions and outlining new research directions, it makes a welcome addition to the innovation field." Dries Faems, Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol 13, No 2, June 2004. "Very well compiled in a logical order and there are ample ideas and framework for research on various facets of innovation in a variety of situations." K. Narasimhan, TQM Magazine, Vol 16, No 4, 2004 Larry R. Vandervert, American Nonlinear Systems "I have no doubt that the volumes will galvanize and guide the study of innovation for the next decade." Joseph Renzulli, University of Connecticut "This is really a comprehensive and innovative undertaking." George Swede, Ryerson Polytechnic University "...should be the defining work for decades." David Perkins, Harvard Graduate School of Innovation, USA "From the first campfire and arrowhead, the human condition has advanced through innovation. The International Handbook on Innovation examines with third-millenium savvy the fundamentals of innovation from the neuron all the way up to large-scale social enterprises. Innovation is a challenging theme, interpretable in so many different ways. If there's one resource I'd reach for, it's the author-rich and perspective-rich International Handbook on Innovation. "