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date: 22 October 2019

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Innovation and interdisciplinarity have interesting commonalities. Innovation is a “creative destruction” phenomenon that can only be described through multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary perspectives. In this light, we build on the work of classical scholars such as Schumpeter, Foucault, and Habermas, and the evolutionary theory of economic change, to argue about the ever-larger need to solve complex business problems—to innovate—through interdisciplinary teams and technologies. In doing so, the chapter argues interdisciplinarity itself can be understood as an innovation, since it disrupted the disciplinary paradigm on complex problem solving. As synthesis, stemming from a cognitive interest perspective, we propose an interdisciplinary conceptual framework on innovation to overview the main components (what), mechanisms (how), stakeholders (who), goals (why), and locus (where) in which innovation takes place. The chapter ends by concluding that pendularly movements between disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge creation can be understood as innovation phenomena cycles.

Keywords: innovation, interdisciplinarity, evolutionary economics, conceptual framework, knowledge creation, cognitive interest, creative destruction

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