American Sociological Association

What Sociologists Know About the Acceptance and Diffusion of Innovation: The Case of Engineering Education

January 2007
Authors: Roberta Spalter-Roth, Norman Fortenberry, Barbara Lovitts

This report is based on a worskhop convened by the ASA and the National Academy of Engineering. It brought together participants so that the engineering community could better understand what sociologists know about organizational contexts, reward systems, and networks that might increase the acceptance and diffusion of innovations in engineering education, and to develop potential joint studies to address what is not known.

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