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A typology of intermediary organizations and their impact on sustainability transition policies
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Chalmers University, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
2018 (English)In: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, ISSN 2210-4224, E-ISSN 2210-4232, p. 100-113Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sustainability transitions encompass changes in existing socio-technological systems. In this context, scholars have emphasized the roles that intermediaries can play for sustainability transition. However, in the literature, the organizations or actors considered to act as intermediaries are very diverse and the concept of intermediary is used interchangeably between contexts. There is a risk that policy makers face difficulties understanding differences among intermediaries and consequently use some intermediaries for unfitting purposes. In this article,we propose to identify the similarities and differences among intermediaries, which are relevant for policy design for sustainability transitions. We base our comparison on three main characteristics:intermediaries’ source of funding, their scope of action and the target recipients oftheir services. Our analysis indicates that these differences have an impact on intermediaries’ short-term or long-term orientation, actor-level or system-level focus, and demand-side or supply-side target. We end the article by discussing the implications for policy design.

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Elsevier, 2018. p. 100-113
Keywords [en]
Intermediaries; Sustainability transitions; Transition policy; Environmental innovations; Renewable energy technology
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Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150056DOI: 10.1016/j.eist.2018.07.001ISI: 000450393900012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-150056DiVA, id: diva2:1237400
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SUPER-Supporting eco-innovations towards international marketsSHIFT-Support Systems for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and TransformationThe roles of intermediaries in the transition to a sustainable energisystem
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Swedish Energy Agency, 40642-1Swedish Research Council Formas
Note

Funding agencies: Swedish Energy Agency [40642-1]; Formas (The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning) through ECO-INOVERA; European Unions

Available from: 2018-08-08 Created: 2018-08-08 Last updated: 2018-12-03

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