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TIS dynamics in technological, sectoral, political and geographical context: lessons for analysts
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1952-902X
Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
Chalmers tekniska högskola, Sweden.
ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
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2014 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper takes its departure in the criticism raised against the technological innovation system (TIS) literature in relation to the research field of socio-technical (sustainability) transitions for neglecting interactions between individual technologies and wider societal “contexts”. We first show that TIS studies have always considered various kinds of contextual systems, while also acknowledging that the TIS framework can be further strengthened by a more explicit conceptualization of TIS contexts and TIS-context interaction. We then propose a conceptual framework, which builds on the idea that TIS contexts could be seen as institutionally coherent structures that reside outside of the focal TIS. Four especially important types of context structures are identified and discussed: technological, sectoral, political and geographical. For each of these, we provide example of different ways in which each type of context can interact with a focal TIS and identify new questions that can be answered if analysts take the respective context more explicitly into account in TIS analyses. From the point of view of future research, this paper is a first step towards developing a framework for analyzing the interrelation between TIS dynamics and sectoral change and building a new TIS-based model of socio-technical transitions.

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technological innovation system, context, interaction, sector, geography, politics, transition
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Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106370OAI: diva2:715681
5th International Sustainability Transitions Conference (IST 2014), 27-29 August 2014, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Available from: 2014-05-06 Created: 2014-05-06 Last updated: 2015-06-03

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