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Innovation and Crime Prevention

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Adaptation; Arms races; Coevolution; Creativity; Design; Learning


The UK Cox Report on creativity in business (HM Treasury 2005: 2) identifies three key interlinked terms:

“Creativity” is the generation of new ideas – either new ways of looking at existing problems or of seeing new opportunities, perhaps by exploiting emerging technologies or changes in markets.

“Innovation” is the successful exploitation of new ideas. It is the process that carries them through to new products, new services, new ways of running the business, or even new ways of doing business.

“Design” is what links creativity and innovation. It shapes ideas to become practical and attractive propositions for users or customers. Design may be described as creativity deployed to a specific end.

Innovation, creativity, and design of course occur not just in the scientific and technological domains but also in the social, institutional, economic, environmental, commercial, and legal domains. And the...

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Ekblom, P., Pease, K. (2014). Innovation and Crime Prevention. In: Bruinsma, G., Weisburd, D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Springer, New York, NY.

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