Innovation vs. Invention

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I'm not so much interested in creativity, imagination, or invention on their own, but rather in how these can lead to new, useful ideas and systems in the world, i.e., in how a new design is adopted by large populations. In short, I'm interested in adoption. (There is a literature on the subject that goes by the name "diffusion studies" or "diffusion research" -- see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diffusion_of_innovations)

In keeping with this idea I distinguish between invention and innovation. Invention signifies the moment when novelty arises, when something new is created. For example, Edison invents a light bulb. I do not apply the word "emergence" to this moment, because at this moment there is not yet a complex dynamic of adoption or diffusion in the picture.

I define innovation, on the other hand, to include a significant element of diffusion, adoption, or as Wikipedia calls it, implementation: "Innovation is the implementation of a new or significantly improved idea, good, service, process or practice that is intended to be useful." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Innovation)

With this in mind, in my most recent research I am seeking to articulate a distinction between emergence and design in a way that recognizes the dynamics of emergence in the patterns of adoption (with less emphasis on the moment of invention).