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A technological innovation systems approach to analyse the roles of intermediaries in eco-innovation
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
(Institute for Public Policies and Goods, Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC))
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9938-8839
2019 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 227, p. 1136-1148Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The literature on intermediaries faces challenges regarding how to conceptualise and empirically demonstrate the system-level impact of intermediaries. Thus, researchers and policy analysts may experience difficulties in grasping the potential contributions of intermediaries beyond individual projects and firms to aggregate levels of an innovation system. This article combines innovation intermediary and technological innovation systems literature to develop fundamentals of an approach for analysing how organisations acting as intermediaries support firms in eco-innovation and potentially contribute to technological innovation system functions. The operationalisation of the analytical approach is illustrated using case studies on a total of eight support organisations acting as intermediaries in the region of Scania, Sweden and North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. For researchers and policy analysts, the analytical approach presented in this article offers the opportunity for a step-by-step, comprehensive and transparent analysis of different types of intermediaries, their roles, and potential contributions to innovation system functions.

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Elsevier, 2019. Vol. 227, p. 1136-1148
Keywords [en]
Impact assessment Sustainability transitions Intermediation Eco-innovation intermediaries Circular economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-156962DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.04.230ISI: 000470939600097Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85065095236OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-156962DiVA, id: diva2:1316290
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SUPER
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Swedish Research Council Formas
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Funding agencies:  Formas (The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning) through ECO-INOVERA project "SHIFT"; European Union Regional Development fund through the lnterreg project "SUPER"

Available from: 2019-05-17 Created: 2019-05-17 Last updated: 2019-07-03Bibliographically approved

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