Between a Hard Rock and a Soft Place: design, creative practice and innovation

John Howard

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Abstract

This paper discusses the contribution that the arts, humanities and social sciences can make to innovation
systems and innovation policy by embedding design and creative practice in innovation.
Innovation policy is a major economic development strategy—a strategy that is being adopted and
implemented by cities, regions and nations to achieve economic results, measured as positive changes in
employment, income, exports and productivity.
This paper argues that innovation policy should reflect broader perspectives, and the contribution of the
arts, humanities and social sciences to innovation.
We do not attempt to cover all contributions the humanities and social sciences can make to innovation
(for example, contextual historical, economic or geographic analysis). However, by focusing on design and
creative practice, we make a more general argument that innovation comes from deploying a wider range of
disciplines in research than is often considered
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherCHASS
Number of pages38
ISBN (Print)9780975770153
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameCHASS Occasional Papers
PublisherCouncil for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS)
No.5

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Howard, J. (2008). Between a Hard Rock and a Soft Place: design, creative practice and innovation. (CHASS Occasional Papers; No. 5). Australia: CHASS.