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Everett M. Rogers
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17 Nov 2003 0743222091 978-0743222099 5th Revised edition
In an age of ever-increasing technological innovation, this renowned volume - which has sold more than 30,000 copies in each edition - is more important than ever. DIFFUSION OF INNOVATIONS lucidly explains how inventions are almost always perceived as uncertain or even risky. To overcome this, most people seek out others like themselves who have already adopted the new idea. The diffusion process, then, is most often shaped by a few individuals who spread the word amongst their circle of acquaintances, a process that typically takes months or years. But there are exceptions: use of the Internet in the 1990s, for instance, may have spread more rapidly than any other innovation in human history - and it continues to influence the very nature of diffusion by decreasing the significance of physical distance between people. As thought-provoking as it is instructive, this fully updated, widely acclaimed work of scholarship is itself a great idea that continues to spread.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster International; 5th Revised edition edition (17 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743222091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743222099
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Engineering Management Society" Holds several important lessons for anyone planning the introduction of new ideas in a firm....Introduces the latest and probably some of the best thinking in that area.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Latest and updated 10 Jan 2004
First published way back in 1962, this fifth edition of the classic study of the social, technological and political influences on the mechanisms by which innovation are shared and penetrate markets includes a wealth of new insights. Alongside many of the original studies of the diffusion of such developments as pesticide use in Iowa, treatments for scurvy in the British Navy, the hypodermic needle, the concept of the kindergarten and the use of snowmobiles is a host of revealing cases based on more recent developments: From mobile phone adoption in Finland, global internet usage and electric cars through to the oral re-hydration therapy campaign in Egypt, the publishing success of ‘Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood’, and the adoption of Hate Crime laws in the US, multiple new examples are used to reflect on and reinforce many of the original concepts: The role of change agents and opinion leaders, adoption theory, virtual networks, critical mass and the transfer of knowledge are all reappraised to give a new lease of life to this authoritative text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed With Knowledge! 6 May 2004
By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER
Why would a villager draw polluted drinking water from a canal where a dead donkey floats instead of using a nearby tap to get clean drinking water? Why did it take hundreds of years for the British Navy to give sailors oranges and lemons when tests had proven that citrus fruit cured the scurvy that killed sailors and left vessels under-manned? Why do eminently sensible things not happen? If you’ve ever wondered, this book will give you the answers. It’s a thick, heavy, academic tome, but spiced with abundant anecdotes and observations that make it an easy, enjoyable read. This is the rare book that combines solid intellectual content with thought-provoking entertainment. We highly recommend this classic from 1962 to all audiences, but especially those whose business it is to understand and use the social mechanisms through which innovations must diffuse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The bible of diffusion studies 18 Jun 2013
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There is no more to say, really. Rogers is the granddaddy of diffusion and pretty well everything you'd ever want to know about the field is here in the fifth edition of his classic tome. Usefully, he identifies gaps in the research literature and makes suggestions for further enquiry, just in case you thought it had all been done already.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 29 Jun 2014
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Really bad paper quality
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal work. 12 Jun 2014
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The seminal work by Everett Rogers is an excellent read. Highly recommended. A must for all students of innovation and technology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, a classic 1 July 2013
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A classic book about innovation. A must read for those studying the theme and for thos that want to understand how things born, grow and become forgotten.
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