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innovation

see RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT.

innovation

the practical refinement and development of an original INVENTION into a usable technique (process innovation) or product (product innovation). Innovation is an important means for a firm to improve its competitive position over rival suppliers by enhancing its PRODUCT DIFFERENTIATION advantages, and for improving MARKET PERFORMANCE (by, for example, lowering supply costs and enhancing product quality). Certain kinds of MARKET STRUCTURE may be more conducive to innovation insofar as they offer better incentives and resources for undertaking RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (see MONOPOLY for further discussion). Innovation can be a lengthy and expensive process. For example, the original invention of the Xerox photocopying process was made in 1948, but it took a further 10 years of development work before the first commercial version of the product was put on the market.

In a more general way, innovation can contribute to faster ECONOMIC GROWTH.

See TECHNOLOGICAL PROGRESSIVENESS, PRODUCT LIFE CYCLE, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, PATENT, FINANCIAL INNOVATION.

References in classic literature ?
The newest song which the singers have, they will be afraid that he may be praising, not new songs, but a new kind of song; and this ought not to be praised, or conceived to be the meaning of the poet; for any musical innovation is full of danger to the whole State, and ought to be prohibited.
In every instance when designers of innovations take time to become intimately involved with the settings and perspectives of potential clients/users, significant changes to the innovation design become incorporated in response to this experience.
Most often, Rubbermaid's product innovations are hardly market-shaking.

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