Innovation in crisis: The role of ‘exaptive relations’ for medical device development in response to COVID-19

Steffan James, Zheng Liu, Victoria Stephens, Gareth White

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

6 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)


The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in huge disruption to the healthcare sector. In response to this, there have been collaborative efforts between many different public and private organizations to foster medical innovations. The effect of crisis upon innovation, particularly medical innovation, remains a debatable subject. In addition, the role of inter-personal relations is becoming more widely acknowledged as a critical feature of innovation. Drawing upon exaptation literature, the study aims to understand the nature of the micro-relations within medical innovations that are undertaken in response to COVID-19. The findings of this paper contribute to the limited literature that examines the performance of medical innovation in response to crisis. In addition to confirming the importance of exaptive pools, exaptive events, and exaptive forums in fostering serendipitous developments, the study makes a contribution to theory by identifying a further form of serendipitous encounter that is ‘exaptive relations’.
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Rhif yr erthygl121863
Nifer y tudalennau9
CyfnodolynTechnological Forecasting & Social Change
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar13 Gorff 2022
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 1 Medi 2022

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