Emergent Innovation and Sustainable Knowledge Co-creation A Socio-epistemological Approach to “Innovation from within”

  • Markus F. Peschl
  • Thomas Fundneider
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 19)


Innovation has become one of the most important issues in modern knowledge society. As opposed to radical innovation this paper introduces the concept of Emergent Innovation: this approach tries to balance and integrate the demand both for radically new knowledge and at the same time for an organic development from within the organization. From a more general perspective one can boil down this problem to the question of how to cope with the new and with profound change (in knowledge). This question will be dealt with in the first part of the paper. As an implication the alternative approach of Emergent Innovation will be presented in the second part: this approach looks at innovation as a socio-epistemological process of “learning from the future” in order to create (radically) new knowledge in a sustainable and “organic” manner. Implications for knowledge society will be discussed.


Knowledge society (radical vs. incremental) innovation emergent innovation knowledge creation change 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus F. Peschl
    • 1
  • Thomas Fundneider
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Philosophy, Cultures and Technologies of Knowledge [Research Group]University of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.tfc consultingViennaAustria

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