Processes and patterns in transitions and system innovations: refining the co-evolutionary multi-level perspective

Geels, Frank (2005) Processes and patterns in transitions and system innovations: refining the co-evolutionary multi-level perspective. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 72 (6). pp. 681-696.

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Abstract

This article investigates transitions at the level of societal functions (e.g., transport, communication, housing). Societal functions are fulfilled by sociotechnical systems, which consist of a cluster of aligned elements, e.g., artifacts, knowledge, markets, regulation, cultural meaning, infrastructure, maintenance networks and supply networks. Transitions are conceptualised as system innovations, i.e., a change from one sociotechnical system to another. The article describes a co-evolutionary multi-level perspective to understand how system innovations come about through the interplay between technology and society. The article makes a new step as it further refines the multi-level perspective by distinguishing characteristic patterns: (a) two transition routes, (b) fit-stretch pattern, and (c) patterns in breakthrough

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special issue.
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Frank Geels
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:50
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2012 11:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22427
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