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Constellation analysis as a means of interdisciplinary innovation research: theory formation from the bottom up

Konstellationsanalyse als Werkzeug der interdisziplinären Innovationsforschung: Theoriebildung mit Bottom-up-Ansatz
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Ohlhorst, Dörte; Schön, Susanne

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Abstract "Constellation Analysis is a methodological approach of innovation research that aims at understanding highly complex processes of invention and diffusion. It was developed as a tool for inter- and transdisciplinary research on technology, sustainability and innovation. Its set of tools facilitates access to a scientific object from different perspectives, using different approaches. The methodology is characterized in particular by two factors: Heterogeneous factors of influence and their effectiveness in innovation processes are principally considered equivalent, existing in relation to one another and thus fitting together into constellations. Furthermore, the methodology facilitates a bottom-up approach, similar to the Grounded Theory Approach. According to this principle, constellations are described based on their singular units and their relationships to each other. The methodology is thus appropriate to the individual course of innovation processes. It enables the search for new patterns through the comparison of different innovation biographies and allows experimentation with strategic approaches as a special form of validation." (author's abstract)
Keywords analysis; innovation; innovation research; interdisciplinary research; transdisciplinary; research; sustainability; participation; methodology
Classification Sociology of Knowledge; Sociology of Science, Sociology of Technology, Research on Science and Technology
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 258-278
Journal Historical Social Research, 40 (2015) 3
Issue topic Methods of innovation research: qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method approaches
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works