851-0515-02L  Theory and Empirical Applications on the Diffusion of Innovations

SemesterAutumn Semester 2012
LecturersM. Lutter
Periodicitynon-recurring course
Language of instructionGerman

AbstractBased on theoretical approaches dealing both with modeling and causes of diffusion processes, the lecture discusses selected empirical diffusion studies from contemporary social science research. Topics include the diffusion of technical innovations, social diffusion of fashion and taste, the diffusion of policies and economic structures, among others.
ObjectiveThe goal of the lecture is to provide an overview of the basics and "classics" as well as more contemporary work in social science research on diffusion. The focus is on the advancement of both theoretical and methodological skills