Journal of Scientometric Research, 2018, 7, 2, 136-141.
Published: August 2018
Type: Book Review
PhD Scholar, C/O Centre for Studies in Science Policy, School of Social Sciences-II, Room No. 223, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi – 110067, INDIA.
This edited book seeks to examine the plethora of narratives around innovation in India, examining its paradoxes and contradictions, identifying problems and constraints to actualising innovation potential in low-resource settings. They argue for a broader conceptualisation of innovation practices, which is already well-established in the Academic Literature. It is another matter that this definition itself is a key paradox, that even multilateral agencies like the World Bank recognise today (Cirera and Maloney, 2017). Having said that, the theoretical framework is beset with several issues like conflating systemic approaches, as otherwise distinct from the sectoral; failure to distinguish from actor-network accounts and to confront dynamics and finally looking at the discourse arising, if not at generalisation.