I was honored to be cited in a book on strategic analysis of technology by Rias van Wyk.
Rias is former director of MoT program (Management of Technology) @ UMN / TLI (University of Minnesota / Technological Leadership Institute; an inter-disciplinary unit in the College of Science and Engineering)
Beginning in the twentieth century, and reaching into the twenty-first, a dedicated group of authors appeared who sought a more rational approach to systematic innovation. They had a fundamentally different point of view to mainstream thinking. Like Beckmann, they focused on overall context to group together detailed content.
One researcher, David Quimby, offered a major contribution. He identified a palette of ten initiatives concerned with context (2015). It appears below. The arrangement is taken directly from Quimby and does not reflect any particular order.
The present book develops one of these initiatives further: A Core Theory of Technology. The reason for focusing on this initiative is that the Core Theory is explicitly based on the notion of technology as a field of knowledge—i.e., it recognizes the value of the Beckmann synthesis.
Diagram 0.1: the Quimby palette of approaches to systematic innovation
Technology: Its Fundamental Nature @ ResearchGate
Technology: Its Fundamental Nature @ Amazon
inscription by Rias