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Diffusion
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Sustainability and Industrial Dynamics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5617-1912
Office of the National Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Policy Council, Bangkok, Thailand.
2020 (English)In: International Encyclopedia of Human Geography / [ed] Audrey Kobayashi, Elsevier, 2020, 2, p. 311-315Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Diffusion is the phenomenon of how innovations spread from one adopter to others in a spatiotemporal domain, that is, over both space and time. To a degree, any breakthrough can be considered as innovative if it is construed as novel and new from the adopter's perspective. Diffusion research has existed for more than a century and the concept has been applied to apprehend and explains the spread of a wide variety of innovations. This article presents a brief history of diffusion research and notes the application of the concept to three specific research strands. The first strand is adopter perceptions on the characteristics of innovations and how perceived attributes affect the potential adopter's decision-making. The second focuses upon change agents and their locations, how change agents influence the decision process of potential adopters and why their locations matter. The last strand explains how adoption decisions are translated into spatiotemporal diffusion patterns.

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Elsevier, 2020, 2. p. 311-315
Keywords [en]
Adopter; Change agent; Demand; Diffusion; Geography; Imitation; Innovation; Newness; Perceived characteristics; Spatiotemporal; Supply
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Human Geography Business Administration
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Industrial Economics and Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-271984DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-102295-5.10638-9ISBN: 978-0-08-102296-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-271984DiVA, id: diva2:1423422
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Available from: 2020-04-14 Created: 2020-04-14 Last updated: 2020-06-02Bibliographically approved

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Karakaya, EmrahSriwannawit Lundberg, Pranpreya

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