English, Article edition: Technological innovations and sectoral change: Transformative capacity, adaptability, patterns of change: An analytical framework Dolata, Ulrich

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  • Technological innovations and sectoral change: Transformative capacity, adaptability, patterns of change: An analytical framework
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  • Dolata, Ulrich
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  • Following up on recent debates about sectoral systems of innovation and production, the paper introduces a heuristic framework for analyzing and explaining distinct patterns of technology-based sectoral change. The concept is based on two interrelated influencing factors. The first is the sectoral-specific transformative capacity of new technologies themselves, that is, their substantial or incremental impact on socioeconomic and institutional change in a given sectoral system. The second is the sectoral adaptability of socioeconomic structures, institutions, and actors confronted with the opportunities presented by new technologies. The first factor--the sectoral transformative capacity of new technologies--enables us to identify the technology-based pressure to change and adjust the structural, institutional, and organizational architectures of the sectoral system. The second, complementary factor--sectoral adaptability--helps us to discern the distinct social patterns of anticipating and adopting this technology-based pressure. The specific interplay between the two influencing factors creates distinguishable modes of sectoral transformation, ranging from anticipative and smooth adjustments to reactive and crisis-ridden patterns of change. Even processes of radical sectoral change continue over longer periods of mismatch and are characterized by numerous and mostly gradual organizational, structural and institutional transformations.
  • Sectoral innovation systems Organizational and institutional change Socio-technical transitions Path-dependency Innovation theory
  • RePEc:eee:respol:v:38:y:2009:i:6:p:1066-1076
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