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The Future of Innovation: Hyper Innovation, Slow Innovation, and No Innovation

Die Zukunft der Innovation: Hyperinnovation, Langsame Innovation und Keine Innovation

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We can observe an increasing innovation pace in economy and society which can be considered as the main trend most likely to continue also in the future. However, there are also some indications that in some areas it becomes more difficult to innovate and that we are entering a technological plateau. In addition, in some markets we can observe that customers and society are more aware of possible harmful effects of too much innovation and are calling, for instance, for a more mindful development of technologies resulting in longer lasting products. While hyper innovation describes best the current innovation paradigm, we explore in this paper a counter trend which can be labelled as slow innovation movement.


Der technologische Fortschritt treibt permanent die Wirtschaft voran, schafft Wachstum und bringt neue Produkte hervor. Wenngleich dieser Trend zukünftig im Allgemeinen anhalten wird, gibt es jüngst Anzeichen, dass es in einigen Bereichen schwieriger wird, Innovationen hervorzubringen und wir uns möglicherweise einem technologischen Plateau annähern. Gleichzeitig gibt es bestimmte Kundengruppen, die zunehmend gegen die steigende Geschwindigkeit mobil machen und sich durch neue Formen der Innovationen mehr Lebensqualität erhoffen. Während der Trend zu immer mehr Innovation als dominantes Paradigma angesehen werden kann, wird in diesem Beitrag ein Gegentrend untersucht, der als Slow Innovation Bewegung bezeichnet werden kann.

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Leitner, KH. The Future of Innovation: Hyper Innovation, Slow Innovation, and No Innovation. Berg Huettenmaenn Monatsh 162, 386–388 (2017).

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