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Innovation may be defined as a voluntary break with habits by the use of new processes or objects. Underlying it is a considered procedure that, being the result of an idea put into practice, also harbors a certain risk in regard to efficiency. Originally an English expression defined as follows by Joseph A. Schumpeter: “Innovation is a process by which new products and techniques are introduced into the economic system,” the word was borrowed into German as Innovation, and in the 1960s it became d…

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Reith, Reinhold and Mahlerwein, Gunter, “Innovation”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021440>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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