Reflections on the Gestation of Polymorphic Innovation: The Exploitation of Emergence in Social Network Development via Text Messaging

Lenarcic, J and Richardson, J 2010, 'Reflections on the Gestation of Polymorphic Innovation: The Exploitation of Emergence in Social Network Development via Text Messaging', Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology , vol. 7, pp. 89-98.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Reflections on the Gestation of Polymorphic Innovation: The Exploitation of Emergence in Social Network Development via Text Messaging
Author(s) Lenarcic, J
Richardson, J
Year 2010
Journal name Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology
Volume number 7
Start page 89
End page 98
Total pages 10
Publisher Informing Science Insitute
Abstract The impact of mobile text messaging is re-interpreted as an emergent technology that has accidentally been instrumental in the configuration of new social networks on a global scale. Using the unintended consequences of this implicit revolution in interpersonal communication as a catalyst for the generation of ideas, the argument is advanced that this is a manifestation of a new type of creative communication which we have identified as Polymorphic Innovation, a quasiintuitive perturbation on conventional notions of originality in the business development process. This paper describes the qualitative data collected during a pilot of a Short Messaging service (SMS) system in a University. The effect SMS use had on communication style and the construction of social networks are discussed.
Keyword(s) Text Messaging
Social Networking
Innovation
Polymorphic innovation
ISSN 1547-5867
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