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ISA Forum call for abstracts. Session on Sociology of Innovation

Call for Abstracts para sesión en el tercer ISA Forum of Sociology (Viena, 10-14 Julio 2016)

Organizado por la International Sociological Association.

Título de la sesión: “Sociology of Innovation: The Social and Cultural Structure of Innovative Societies” (ver resumen en la parte final del mensaje)

Información sobre la sesión y el ISA Forum: https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/forum2016/webprogrampreliminary/Session6609.HTML

• Los interesados deben enviar un abstract on-line al sitio web del ISA Forum. https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/forum2016/cfp.cgi

• Tamaño del abstract: 300 palabras

• Fecha límite: 30 de Septiembre 2015 24:00 GMT

RC23. Session 9:  Sociology of Innovation: The Social and Cultural Structure of Innovative Societies Joint Session of Research Committee 23 “Sociology of Science and Technology” (host committee) and Research Committee 02 “Economy and Society” Language: English Technological change and innovation have always been a major issue for research and theory development in sociology. Lately the capacity to create and recombine knowledge with other social and economic resources is related to transformative sociological endeavors, as the one represented by the ISA motto “The futures that we want”. The current interdisciplinary field of innovation studies already uses sociological concepts and methodologies. Some examples are: the role of social capital in innovation networks, the importance of institutions in innovation systems, and the influence of culture in the diffusion of innovations. Nevertheless, sociology sometimes is not visible enough and well incarnated in innovation studies. This creates important drawbacks for our understanding of innovation. The goal of this session is to help defining an agenda for the Sociology of Innovation in order to answer the questions: what is an innovative society from a sociological point of view? Which sociological factors contribute to innovative societies? The session will explore the influences shaping the innovative profile and the innovation performance of societies. One the one hand, it will explore aspects of social structure that shape innovation, such as power, class structures, status hierarchies and organizational arrangements. On the other hand, it will consider symbolic and cultural elements and their role in innovation, including values, cognitive repertoires, rules and institutions. Theoretical approaches, comparative research and empirical studies, both qualitative and quantitative, are welcome, especially papers wishing to disentangle the meaning of the social and cultural structure of innovation.

Session Organizer: Manuel FERNANDEZ ESQUINAS, Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Spain, mfernandez@iesa.csic.es