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Technological development for sustainability: The role of network management in the innovation policy mix
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2264-7043
Chalmers University of Technology, Environmental Systems Analysis, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering. Stockholm School of Economics, House of Innovation, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8103-2519
Chalmers University of Technology, Maritime Environmental Sciences, Gothenburg, Sweden. IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Gothenburg, Sweden.
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2019 (English)In: Technological forecasting & social change, ISSN 0040-1625, E-ISSN 1873-5509, Vol. 138, p. 309-323Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite the key role of actor networks in progressing new sustainable technologies, there is a shortage of conceptual knowledge on how policy can help strengthen collaborative practices in such networks. The objective of this paper is to analyze the roles of such policies – so-called network management – throughout the entire technological development processes. The analysis draws on the public management and sustainability transitions literatures, and discusses how various network characteristics could affect the development of sustainable technologies, including how different categories of network management strategies could be deployed to influence actor collaborations. The paper's main contribution is an analytical framework that addresses the changing roles of network management at the interface between various phases of the technological development process, illustrated with the empirical case of advanced biorefinery technology development in Sweden. Furthermore, the analysis also addresses some challenges that policy makers are likely to encounter when pursuing network management strategies, and identifies a number of negative consequences of ignoring such instruments in the innovation policy mix. The latter include inefficient actor role-taking, the emergence of small, ineffective and competing actor networks in similar technological fields, and a shortage of interpretative knowledge.

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Elsevier, 2019. Vol. 138, p. 309-323
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Sustainable technological development, Innovation policy mixes, Actor networks, Network management, Biorefinery technology
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies) Economics Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
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Political Science; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-71671DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2018.10.010ISI: 000454465700025Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85056403634OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-71671DiVA, id: diva2:1264364
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Available from: 2018-11-20 Created: 2018-11-20 Last updated: 2019-09-13Bibliographically approved

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