Joseph Schumpeter and his legacy in innovation studies

Gerrit J. Hospers

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Inspired by the recent rediscovery of work of Schumpeter in science and policymaking the author reviews and appraises Schumpeterian theory and that of his followers in innovation studies. Although Schumpeter’s vision suffers from some defects, I argue that there is more to learn from this author than his well-known idea of “creative destruction”. In particular, Schumpeter’s view on innovation policy is something that may have vital relevance to today’s increasingly policy-dominated world. We therefore conclude that besides his key ideas on innovation-led development also his policy view should be regarded as a significant legacy in innovation studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-37
Number of pages18
JournalKnowledge, technology and policy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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