The Ongoing Technological System

Volume 11 – Smart Innovation SET Coordinated by Dimitri Uzunidis

The Ongoing Technological System

Smaïl Aït-El-Hadj, ITECH-University of Lyon, France

ISBN : 9781786302144

Publication Date : September 2017

Hardcover 188 pp

120 USD



The high level of innovation currently transforming our society and its technological dynamics can be seen as a second wave of innovation of the third technological system, which emerged in the late 1970s.

This book discusses the concept of technological systems, focusing on the tools used for formalizing the organization of technology in society and its dynamics of evolution.

The author uses these tools to characterize the contemporary technological system and to model its specific dynamics. In doing so, he raises questions about the continuity of the current technological system, and its capacity to generate powerful innovatory movements.


1. How Can a Technological System be Understood and Analyzed?
2. The Historical Dynamics of Technological Systems: Putting the Contemporary Technological System into Historical Perspective.
3. The Contemporary Technological System Emerges from the Previous One or the Third Technological Revolution.
4. Formation of the Third Technological System and First Wave of the New Technological System.
5. The Second Wave of the Third Technological System.
6. The Second Wave of the Technology System Transforms and Reorganizes? Economy and Social Systems.

About the authors/editors

Smaïl Aït-El-Hadj is Professor of Industrial Engineering and Head of the Innovation Research Unit at the ITECH-University of Lyon, France. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Innovation Research Network.