Cumulative causation as explanatory theory for innovation

Geoffrey Bamberry

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While numerous theories have been used to explaiin innovation, one found to be useful iin recent years is cumulative causation. Its major focus on incremental and evolutionary change, the path-dependent nature of change, andit circular and cumulative effects, make it paraticularly useful in helping to explain innovation. Iin this chapter the literature on cumulative causation theory is reviewed to highlight links between these characterics of the theory and innovation, as well as influences such as problem solving, learning by using and doing, collaboration and specialisation, and the clustering of industry in certain locations. These characteristics and influences are then used as a basis for reporting empirical research into the nature of innovation in manufacturing and processing in an Australian rural region, and the usefulness of the theory for explanatory purposes is evaluated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovation in business and enterprise
Subtitle of host publicationTechnologies and frameworks
EditorsLatif Al- Al-hakim, Chen Jin
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781615206438
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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