Incremental by Design? On the Role of Incumbents in Technology Niches: An Evolutionary Network Analysis

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In this paper, we study the evolution of governance structures in technological niches. At the case of publicly funded research projects and the resulting cooperation networks related to smart grid and systems in Denmark, we raise the questions which actors over time inherit a central position – associated with high influence on the development of research trajectories – in the network. We are particularly interested in what role incumbent actors, connected to the old regime of fossil-based energy production, play in shaping future technological trajectories. The protected space theoretically created by such public research funding offers firms an environment to experiment in joint learning activities on emerging technologies, shielded from the selection pressure on open markets, thereby facilitating socio-technological transitions. Generally, the engagement of large incumbent actors in the development of emerging technologies, particularly in joint research projects with entrepreneurial ventures, is positively perceived, as their resource endowment enables them to stem large projects and bring them all the way to the market.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelFoundations of Economic Change : A Schumpeterian View on Behaviour, Interaction and Aggregate Outcomes
RedaktørerAndreas Pyka, Uwe Cantner
Antal sider33
Udgivelses stedCham
ForlagSpringer
Publikationsdato2017
Sider299-332
ISBN (Trykt)978-3-319-62008-4
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-3-319-62009-1
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2017
NavnEconomic Complexity and Evolution
ISSN2199-3173

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Niche
Evolutionary
Incremental
Incumbents
Network analysis
Emerging technologies
Endowments
Trajectory
Technological transition
Grid
Research funding
Technological trajectories
Experiment
Entrepreneurial ventures
Denmark
Governance structure
Energy
Public research
Resources

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Hain, D., & Jurowetzki, R. (2017). Incremental by Design? On the Role of Incumbents in Technology Niches: An Evolutionary Network Analysis. I A. Pyka, & U. Cantner (red.), Foundations of Economic Change: A Schumpeterian View on Behaviour, Interaction and Aggregate Outcomes (s. 299-332). Cham: Springer. Economic Complexity and Evolution https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-62009-1_14
Hain, Daniel ; Jurowetzki, Roman. / Incremental by Design? On the Role of Incumbents in Technology Niches : An Evolutionary Network Analysis. Foundations of Economic Change: A Schumpeterian View on Behaviour, Interaction and Aggregate Outcomes. red. / Andreas Pyka ; Uwe Cantner. Cham : Springer, 2017. s. 299-332 (Economic Complexity and Evolution).
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Foundations of Economic Change: A Schumpeterian View on Behaviour, Interaction and Aggregate Outcomes. red. / Andreas Pyka; Uwe Cantner. Cham : Springer, 2017. s. 299-332.

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Hain D, Jurowetzki R. Incremental by Design? On the Role of Incumbents in Technology Niches: An Evolutionary Network Analysis. I Pyka A, Cantner U, red., Foundations of Economic Change: A Schumpeterian View on Behaviour, Interaction and Aggregate Outcomes. Cham: Springer. 2017. s. 299-332. (Economic Complexity and Evolution). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-62009-1_14