Category Archives: Notes in process

Innovations and evolution of technology, note I: Schumpeter and Usher on innovations

Some notes about what previous thinkers have said about innovations and the evolution of technology. We’ll begin by notes I made from Ruttan’s classic 1959 article,  “Usher and Schumpeter on invention, innovation, and technological change.” As the title says, it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Innovation, Notes in process | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Crises are “come as you are” events, not springboards, simulations say

My PhD research topic deals with resource constraints and, by implication, resource shocks such as the oil crisis of 1973 – and the current slow-mo energy crisis. What I’m trying to do is to sort out whether sudden constraints, such … Continue reading

Posted in Notes in process, Scarcities and constraints, Simulations | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Theories of design – is design problem-solving?

The field of design theory is separated to two warring camps. On the one side are people following Donald Schön’s (1983) “Reflective Practitioner;” an epistemology of practice based on a close examination of what different practicioners actually do. On the … Continue reading

Posted in Notes in process | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

(Descriptive) theories of change

Van de Ven and Poole (1995) group the main theories of change to four groups: Life cycle Teleology Dialectics Evolution The most interesting of these is #4, evolution. Viewed correctly, it actually encompasses all the others. Other ways of describing … Continue reading

Posted in Notes in process | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Explaining the evolution of technologies, firms, and industries: some notes on my PhD thesis methodology

Here’s the presentation I gave at our faculty’s research seminar in late October 2010. I’m interested in using Complexity Theories and Information Theory to analyze the evolution of technology as a result of resource constraints. This presentation looks into my … Continue reading

Posted in History of technology, Notes in process, Simulations | Leave a comment