Socio-cognitive evolution and co-evolution in competing technical trajectories: Biogas development in Denmark (1970-2002)'

Geels, F W and Raven, R P J M (2007) Socio-cognitive evolution and co-evolution in competing technical trajectories: Biogas development in Denmark (1970-2002)'. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, 14 (1). pp. 63-77. ISSN 13504509

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Abstract

This article makes two fundamental contributions to evolutionary theories of technological changes. First, a socio-cognitive evolutionary perspective is developed that conceptualises the emergence of new technologies in the pre-market phase. This topic is underdeveloped in evolutionary economics, because of its emphasis on market selection. Second, the article addresses co-evolution between two competing technical trajectories. In the pre-market phase, this interaction occurs via expectations and social networks. The perspective is illustrated with a longitudinal case study of biogas plants in Denmark. This sustainability innovation exists in two forms: farm-scale plants and centralised plants. Both forms are carried by different populations and based on different cognitive rules.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Frank Geels
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:08
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2012 13:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19391
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