Can System Innovations be Facilitated by Societal Embedding?

Eveliina Saari, Sirkku Kivisaari

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As the concept of innovation has extended to cover social, organizational and system innovations, traditional innovation theories based on technology push or market-driven approaches are challenged. In this paper, we describe a research and development approach called societal embedding of innovations. It has been applied as an evaluation, research and development method in innovations which have been provoked by societal needs, such as health care, energy and environment. We present its main principles and ponder its future challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesigning beyond the Product: Understanding Activity and User Experience in Ubiquitous Environments
Subtitle of host publicationEuropean Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics, ECCE 2009
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-6340-1
ISBN (Print)978-951-38-6339-5
Publication statusPublished - 2009
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventEuropean Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics, ECCE 2009 - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 30 Sept 20092 Oct 2009

Publication series

SeriesVTT Symposium


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics, ECCE 2009


  • system innovation
  • societal embedding
  • learning
  • methods


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