How to match technological and social innovation: insights from the biomedical 3D printing industry

Zollo, Lamberto, Marzi, Giacomo, Boccardi, Andrea and Surchi, Micaela (2015) How to match technological and social innovation: insights from the biomedical 3D printing industry. International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems . ISSN 1745-0071

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The purpose of this paper is to understand the transition from technological innovation to social innovation by analysing insights from the biomedical context. Specifically, the study investigates how entrepreneurs manage such a transition focusing on their motivations and awareness about social innovation. The study adopts a qualitative approach, in the form of multiple case studies of Italian firms that produce and use 3D printing in the biomedical field. Data was collected through in-depth interviews with entrepreneurs, backed by available documentary evidence and observation. This study points to the need for further investigation providing researchers with new information about the transition from technology innovation to social innovation. The transition has been studied from an exploratory perspective, considering 3D printing as a recent phenomenon in the biomedical field. Main results refer to social benefits resulting from the transition of technological innovation to social innovation, particularly focusing on the origin of such a transition.

Keywords:social innovation, additive manufacturing, 3D printing, SMEs
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N210 Management Techniques
N Business and Administrative studies > N211 Strategic Management
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:16 Nov 2017 11:09

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