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The Diffusion of Innovations

A Communication Science Perspective

Arun Vishwanath and George A. Barnett

In the last edition of the Diffusion of Innovations, Everett Rogers challenged diffusion scholars to move beyond the methods and models of the past, recognize the limitation of prior approaches, and broaden the conceptions of the diffusion of innovations. This book answers that call. It brings together noted diffusion scholars and presents a communication perspective for the study of the diffusion process. Using approaches ranging from mathematical modeling and multidimensional scaling to network analysis and agent-based modeling, chapters critically examine the current theoretical and methodological approaches in diffusion research and present novel ways to understand the process. Each chapter expands the scope of diffusion theory and lays the groundwork for the next generation of scholarship. The book is a must-read for anyone wishing to study trends in diffusion research, including diffusion scholars, marketers of ideas and products, communication and management consultants, policy makers, and individuals and organizations working on changing the status quo. It is recommended as a supplementary text for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in communication, business and management, information science, and sociology.
Contents: Arun Vishwanath/George A. Barnett: Introduction – Arun Vishwanath/Hao Chen: Towards a Comprehensive Understanding of the Innovation-Decision Process – Oscar Peters: Three Theoretical Perspectives on Communication Technology Adoption – Veronika Karnowski/Thilo von Pape/Werner Wirth: Overcoming the Binary Logic of Adoption – Lidwien van de Wijngaert/Harry Bouwman: Theoretical and Methodological Starting Points for a Situational Approach towards the Understanding of the Adoption and Use of New Technologies and Services – George A. Barnett: Mathematical Models of the Diffusion Process – James A. Danowski/Julia Gluesing/Ken Riopelle: The Revolution in Diffusion Theory Caused by New Media – Frank Tutzauer/Kyounghee Hazel Kwon/Benjamin Elbirt: Network Diffusion of Two Competing Ideas – Carolyn A. Lin: Media Substitution: Supplementation, Complementarity, or Displacement? – Arvind Singhal: Turning Diffusion of Innovations Paradigm on Its Head – James W. Dearing/Gary Meyer: The Active Adopter in the Diffusion of Innovations.