Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, Vol. 15, Iss. 2, April, 2011, pp. 307-333
@2011 Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences


Diffusion Models for Innovation: S-curves, Networks, Power Laws, Catastrophes, and Entropy

Joseph J. Jacobsen, Milwaukee Area Technical College, WI
Stephen J. Guastello, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Abstract: This article considers models for the diffusion of innovation would be most relevant to the dynamics of early 21st century technologies. The article presents an overview of diffusion models and examines the adoption S-curve, network theories, difference models, influence models, geographical models, a cusp catastrophe model, and self-organizing dynamics that emanate from principles of network configuration and principles of heat diffusion. The diffusion dynamics that are relevant to information technologies and energy-efficient technologies are compared. Finally, principles of nonlinear dynamics for innovation diffusion that could be used to rehabilitate the global economic situation are discussed.

Keywords: creativity, innovation, diffusion, network, power law, catastrophe, entropy