The Dynamics of Sustainable Innovation Journeys

The Dynamics of Sustainable Innovation Journeys

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This book shows that sustainable development should be analysed and managed as an innovation journey in which social, technological, political and cultural dimensions become aligned. The a€˜journeya€™ aspect captures the open and uncertain nature of sustainable developments and highlights the agency dimension, with actors navigating, negotiating, groping and struggling their way forward (and sometimes backward). The book addresses the following research questions: What are the key processes and micro-dynamics of innovation journeys? Which policy lessons can be drawn for managing sustainable innovation journeys? To conceptualize the multi-dimensional nature of innovation journeys the book draws on insights from industrial economics, evolutionary economics, sociology of technology, political science and cultural studies. The book develops several new conceptual frameworks that make different crossovers between these disciplines. These frameworks are empirically tested with case studies on biofuels, onshore wind power, low energy housing, photovoltaic solar cells, biomass and fuel cells. The empirical studies are also used to derive several robust lessons as to how policy makers can influence sustainable innovation journeys. This book was published as a special issue of Technology Analysis a Strategic Management.... Research Council (ESRC)94 economics studies5a€“6 Electricity Act (1989) 39, 118 27, 29, 38a€“40 electricity regime Elzen, ... (REB) 40, 41, 50 energy utilities 101 Energy Valley81 Energy White Paper(UK 2003) 64a€“5, 67, 102 entrepreneurs55, 79, 82, ... Environmental Action Plans (MAPS)118, 121 environmental policy121a€“2, 125 environmental problems 1a€“5 ethanol66 ... Swedish Farmers (LRF)82, 83 Findhorn Ecovillage97, 98 Ford83; Ford Focus flexifuel83 fossil fuels77 Foundation foranbsp;...

Title:The Dynamics of Sustainable Innovation Journeys
Author:Frank Geels, Marko Hekkert, Staffan Jacobsson
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-12-16


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