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Information Systems Innovation Research: Between Novel Futures and Durable Presents

  • Margunn Aanestad
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 356)

Abstract

In this paper, I argue that we should not only orient ourselves to the future by looking forward to the yet unrealized. When researching the future, we should also develop a sensibility to the durability of our past and present creations, and under stand how they impact the scope for future innovations. The common emphasis on the visionary and novel components of innovation needs to be comple mented with an emphasis on the constants, the slowly changing or non-changing aspects. In the paper, I seek to articulate how we could increase our ability to recognize the durability of the present with respect to empirical study objects, analytic approaches, and theoretical resources.

Keywords

Innovations infrastructural inversion maintenance installed base 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margunn Aanestad
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  1. 1.Department of InformaticsUniversity of OsloBlindernNorway

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