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Innovation Science

After establishing the “Knowledge & Innovation Management (MBA) Track” at Yeditepe University (Istanbul, Turkey), I had the strange feeling that I was at the dawn of something brand new. As a scholar with a background in Library and Information Science and a field of research in Communications, I was aware what the shifting transition from Library Science to Information Science meant: a “Scientific Revolution” as described by Thomas Kuhn. I am quite not sure, if another transition form Information Science to Innovation Science is ascientific revolution on its own, as well. But I am definitely sure that this will be a paradigm shift. So, I feel desperately urged to depict this challenge, by putting together all research and contributions from a variety of outstanding scientist and brilliant thinkers ranging from Kondratieff and Schumpeter to Rogers and Christensen, and of course even more. This is why I decided to author a new book under the title “An Introduction to Innovation Science: the Past and Future of a Paradigm Shift“. I know that this will be a challenging task. But it will be an enriching and joyful journey, as well. So this blog page is devoted definitely to share my experience and mind-flow through fulfilling this task. I thank you all, first for all your inspirations and contributions you might deliver and second for witnessing this new dawn with me.

All prospect chapters of the book to be, are present at the right menu of this page.

The idea gained attraction through my journey. I was invited to speak on the topic at ICKM2014 (10th International Conference on Knowledge Management) in November 2014. The abstract of my speech is below and you may access my presentation here.

Abstract. Basing on proven epistemological foundations, Library and Information Science (LIS) has actualised its scholarly competence and maturity as a contemporary academic discipline within the taxonomy of modern sciences. The good old Library, together with its elements, functions, and organisation, has become the principal field of interest of Library Science, emerging out of the zeniths of the Industrialisation Era in the late nineteenth century. Its main focus was Organising Knowledge. Information Science on the other hand, might be regarded as a transition discipline of the Post-Industrial Era, back in the twentieth century, mainly focusing on Mobilising Knowledge while concentrating on theInformation Centre as its principal field of interest. With the new dawn of theInformationalism Era in the early twenty-first century, mankind’s relationship to knowledge has reflected a novel approach: well-organised and effectively mobilised knowledge leaped qualitatively by shifting the paradigm: Utilising Knowledge. Mankind started utilising knowledge in knowledge driven organisations basically by so called white-collars as knowledge workers. In comparison to libraries and information centres, the incarnate body of this new paradigm is still uncertain. All being part of this ambiguity, whole corporations, some freshly emerging innovation centres, advanced research and development facilities, and so called Future Centres are all appropriate incarnate bodies of this new paradigm. While working on and studying all these recent developments, for the last few years now, I felt the urge of a novice academic approach, primarily to explain this novel attitude towards knowledge, and secondly, to expand the field of LIS, if possible. I attempt to nominate this novice field as Innovation Science. Within this scope, in my speech, I will try to reflect on issues such as: Scope and Fields of Study, Problems and Constraints,Theories, Methodology, and Empirical Rules, Professional Organisation of the Field,Education and Research, as well as its Historical Background, Literature andInterdisciplinary Co-relations of Innovation Science.

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