Bringing objectivity to the otherwise abstract nature of cultural innovation

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This second chapter provides a useful backdrop for understanding innovation beyond the conventional focus on mainstream technology and science by detailing the conceptual underpinnings of cultural innovation. First, the challenges of objectively assessing the worth of novel work in the various fields of art and architecture are explored through the philosophical views of beauty. Second, the strategies and models deployed over time by artists, patrons, and experts to characterize the merits of novelty in the creative fields are reviewed. Third, the economic principles that have been used to frame the value propositions associated with cultural innovations as articulated by cultural economists are explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Cross-Disciplinary Primer on the Meaning and Principles of Innovation
EditorsMatthew Mars, Sherry Hoskinson
Number of pages22
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Growth
ISSN (Print)1048-4736

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Finance
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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