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    Seeking the Face of Innovation with the Ethical Compass of Emmanuel Lévinas


    Costello, Gabriel J. and Donnellan, Brian (2008) Seeking the Face of Innovation with the Ethical Compass of Emmanuel Lévinas. In: TDIT 2008: Open IT-Based Innovation: Moving Towards Cooperative IT Transfer and Knowledge Diffusion. Springer, pp. 97-117. ISBN 9780387875033

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    Abstract

    A recent biographer has described the philosophy of Emmanuel Lévinas as being permeated by one simple but profound theme: Western philosophy has at best ignored and at worst suppressed the “Other.” The approach of this study involved a concept-centric examination of innovation terminology assembled from key papers in the area. The analysis presents evidence of the lack of regard in the literature for the human dimension, with the notable exception of the work of Andrew Van de Ven and his collaborators. Consequently, an ethical definition of innovation is proposed inspired by the theoretical lens of Lévinas. We argue that the work makes a practical and philosophical contribution to the emerging debate on ethics by the Information Systems community. Furthermore, we suggest that our analysis has implications for diffusion of innovations research increasingly being carried out in an open-innovation paradigm.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Cite as: Costello G.J., Donnellan B. (2008) Seeking the Face of Innovation with the Ethical Compass of Emmanuel Lévinas. In: León G., Bernardos A.M., Casar J.R., Kautz K., De Gross J.I. (eds) Open IT-Based Innovation: Moving Towards Cooperative IT Transfer and Knowledge Diffusion. TDIT 2008. IFIP – The International Federation for Information Processing, vol 287. Springer, Boston, MA
    Keywords: Emmanuel Lévinas; ethics; phenomenology; Claudio Ciborra; Andrew Van de Ven;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 10810
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-87503-3_6
    Depositing User: Prof. Brian Donnellan
    Date Deposited: 23 May 2019 14:35
    Publisher: Springer
    Refereed: Yes
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