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War Upon the Map: The Politics of Military User Innovation

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dc.contributor.author Lindsay, Jon R.
dc.date.accessioned 2006-07-18T18:00:06Z
dc.date.available 2006-07-18T18:00:06Z
dc.date.issued 2006-07-18T18:00:06Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/33457
dc.description.abstract While military personnel are often involved in the design of information technology, the literature on military innovation generally assumes defense contractors are the primary producers. Furthermore, general organizational theories of user innovation have only been tested on cases involving corporate employees or private citizens in substantially less regulated environments than military users. This paper examines user innovation theory in a military context through a historical study of the user-led development of FalconView, the popular standard for digital mapping applications throughout the U.S. military and some other government organizations. This paper finds that while user innovation theory can explain aspects of the emergence and diffusion of military user innovation, existing theory understates the challenges involved with generating and sustaining user innovation within a complex bureaucracy. Successfully innovating users must be creative with organizational as well as technical resources. en
dc.description.sponsorship National Science Foundation, IGERT Program en
dc.format.extent 227089 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries PoET Working Papers en
dc.subject innovation theory en
dc.subject software application en
dc.subject military en
dc.subject user innovation en
dc.title War Upon the Map: The Politics of Military User Innovation en
dc.type Working Paper en


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