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Epidemiology in space and time

Epidemiology beyond communicable disease


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Diffusion of Innovation theory in business

  • Diffusion of Innovation theory in businessRogers, E. M. (2003). Diffusion of Innovations, 5th Edition (Original.). Free Press.
  • Rogers, E. M. (2004). A Prospective and Retrospective Look at the Diffusion Model. Journal of Health Communication, 9(sup1), 13???19. doi:10.1080/10810730490271449

Everett Rogers is the foundational researchers in diffusion theory. His book Diffusion of Innovations was originally published in the 1970s and summarized the field up to then. Since then he has updated it regularly.

  • Strang, D., & Soule, S. A. (1998). Diffusion in Organizations and Social Movements: From Hybrid Corn to Poison Pills. Annual Review of Sociology, 24(1), 265???290. doi:10.1146/annurev.soc.24.1.265. Summary article from the Annual Review

Social Physics, Econophysics, Agent-Based Modeling

There is a significant field of researchers who have engaged with the idea of social contagion and diffusion from the disciplines of economics and physics. Many of these papers are published in the arxiv.org. Papers in this area can also be found within the subjects of complexity, agent-based modeling, even chaos.

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