Local and global dynamics in technological development: A socio-cognitive perspective on knowledge flows and lessons from reinforced concrete

Geels, Frank and Deuten, J Jasper (2006) Local and global dynamics in technological development: A socio-cognitive perspective on knowledge flows and lessons from reinforced concrete. Science and Public Policy, 33 (4). pp. 265-275. ISSN 03023427

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Abstract

Although knowledge flows are a popular concept, the underlying dynamics are not well understood. This article develops a perspective that conceptualises the social and cognitive activities that make knowledge flows possible. Dynamics involve interactions between local and global levels, and dedicated aggregation activities by intermediary actors. An idealtypical four-phased pattern is developed to understand the creation of global knowledge. The socio-cognitive perspective is illustrated with a historical case study, the emergence of reinforced concrete (1850-1940). The concluding section formulates policy implications for nurturing the emergence of radically new technologies

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 20:57
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2012 12:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28855
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