The Evolutionary Dynamics of Discursive Knowledge – Loet Leydesdorff

This open access book have three themes have been central to Leydesdorff’s research: (1) the dynamics of science, technology, and innovation; (2) the scientometric operationalization of these concept; and (3) the elaboration in terms of a Triple Helix of university-industry-government relations. In this study, I discuss the relations among these themes. Using Luhmann’s social-systems theory for modelling meaning processing and Shannon’s theory for information processing, I show that synergy can add new options to an innovation system as redundancy. The capacity to develop new options is more important for innovation than past performance. Entertaining a model of possible future states makes a knowledge-based system increasingly anticipatory. The trade-off between the incursion of future states on the historical developments can be measured using the Triple-Helix synergy indicator. This is shown, for example, for the Italian national and regional systems of innovation.

The book is available in Open Access at:
https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-030-59951-5#about
https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030599508

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