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Actors of Innovation: Change Agents and Alliances in the Innovation Process

  • Andreas LangerEmail author
  • Johannes Eurich
  • Simon Güntner
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Abstract

Innovation processes do not happen by chance but are actively driven by actors who take the risks that can potentially be connected with a change. Of course, also coincidences and alterations that have initially been made unknowingly or even mistakes can play a role. However, the resultant changes do not become innovative before ‘reflective and strategic actions’ are taken (Rammert 2010, p. 39). In the following, the focus will be on the actors who actively advocate innovation, i.e. change agents and innovation alliances.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Langer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Johannes Eurich
    • 2
  • Simon Güntner
    • 3
  1. 1.Department Soziale ArbeitHAW HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Diakoniewissenschaftliches InstitutUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  3. 3.Fakultät Architektur und RaumplanungTU WienWienAustria

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