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'Legitimation' and 'development of positive externalities': two key processes in the formation phase of technological innovation systems
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1952-902X
Chalmers tekniska högskola.
Chalmers tekniska högskola.
2011 (English)In: The Dynamics of Sustainable Innovation Journeys / [ed] Frank W. Geels, Marko P. Hekkert och Staffan Jacobsson, Abingdon: Routledge, 2011, 55-72 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Responding to the climate change challenge requires a massive development and diffusion of carbon neutral technologies and, thus, emergence and growth of new socio-technical systems. This paper contributes to an improved understanding of the formative phase of new technological innovation systems (TIS) by outlining a framework for analysing TIS dynamics in terms of structural growth and key innovation-related prodcesses ("functions") and by discussing two of these functions at some depth: "legitimation" and "development of positive externalities". Empirical examples are provided from case studies on renewable energy technologies. We highlight the problematic role of technology assessment studies in shaping legtimacy and the importance of early market formation for the emergence of "packs of entrepreneurs" that may contribute to legitimation, and discuss how exploitation of overlaps between different TISs may create positive externalities, opening up for a powerful "bottom-up" process of system growth. Associated poilcy and management challenges are identified.

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Abingdon: Routledge, 2011. 55-72 p.
Keyword [en]
Sustainable development, Technological innovations, Renewable energy sources
National Category
Social Sciences Other Engineering and Technologies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-73162ISBN: 978-0-415-61866-3OAI: diva2:467844
Available from: 2011-12-20 Created: 2011-12-20 Last updated: 2014-12-18Bibliographically approved

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