“Low‐Tech” Innovations

  title={“Low‐Tech” Innovations},
  author={H. Hirsch-Kreinsen},
  journal={Industry and Innovation},
  pages={19 - 43}
This paper is about an industrial sector which, according to the usual socio‐scientific indicators, is referred to as “low‐tech”, respectively as non‐research intensive and which mostly comprises “traditional” industries. The interest in this sector is motivated by the contradictory situation that, on the one hand, the debate about the perspectives of modern societies focuses on the rapidly growing importance of technological innovations, knowledge and research‐intensive economic sectors while… Expand
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