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Emerging sustainable innovation networks and the print-on-paper sociotechnical regime

Emerging sustainable innovation networks and the print-on-paper sociotechnical regime

Piterou, Athena and Steward, Fred (2008) Emerging sustainable innovation networks and the print-on-paper sociotechnical regime. In: Sustainable Consumption and Production: Framework for Action 2nd Conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research Exchange (SCORE!) Network, 10-11 Mar 2008, Brussels.

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Abstract

The sociotechnical system of print-on-paper for the dissemination of textual information prevails despite widespread concerns about its sustainability. Information technology has often been identified as one of the generic technologies that has the potential to address the unsustainability of the incumbent regime. Yet innovations such as the 'electronic book' - understood as a diversity of IT applications providing an alternative text display
to printed paper - have remained marginal. According to sociotechnical transition theory the electronic book can be seen as a niche in relation to the print-on-paper regime. Based on a recently completed UK ESRC project we analyse this niche as an emergent innovation network. The electronic book is mapped as a sociotechnical network including organisations, users and technologies which often transgress a distinct niche regime divide. Patterns of niche-regime interaction are explored and assessed as to whether they represent a sociotechnical transition in progress. Social network analysis methods informed by network approaches to innovation theory are used to visually represent and analyse the niche. The analysis reveals different patterns of network formation of innovation journeys within the niche which offer markedly different durability potential. On the basis of this analysis the prospects for promoting sustainable innovation are discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: [1] This paper forms part of Proceedings: Refereed Sessions V from Sustainable Consumption and Production: Framework for Action 2nd Conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research Exchange (SCORE!) Network held on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 March 2008, Halles des Tanneurs, Brussels, Belgium [2] This is an earlier version of the paper which appears in Volume 10 of the journal Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences published in 2011 - see record 5689
Uncontrolled Keywords: multi-level perspective, sociotechnical network
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/5691

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