“And innovation definitely has changed the landscape of developing countries that I saw. You can go into a hut situation and they have cell phones, they have access [...] I think that just having technology available in places in the world where five years ago were not available at all, definitely gives more possibility and more prospected growth.”
The dominant lens of innovation says that innovation occurs only in the West. Some interviewees discussed a lack of innovation in non-Western countries, while others mentioned only innovations that were created in Western countries.
Interestingly, we didn't find any counterpoints in our interviews! This could mean that there aren't as many people who disagree with innovation being linked to Western countries...or just that the people who disagree didn't talk about it.
The Big Picture
Concept map showing some of the ways that people talk about innovation
The concept map above shows one way to think about the discourse of innovation: by thinking about it in terms of the market, the newness of the technology, and the interdisciplinarity of the venture.