Governance of Change in Socio-technical and Innovation

Susana Borrás, Jakob Edler

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    More than twenty years of studies on ‘socio-technical systems’ and ‘innovation systems’ have yielded multiple academic approaches to study the way in which science and technology shape and are shaped by social, political and economic
    organization. The various stands of literature exhibit high diversity in crucial aspects about the role of agents and institutions in those systems, as well as about the dynamics that drive change. Unfortunately most of these approaches have not talked to each other because they belong to different disciplines.
    Strikingly, while most of the literature on the analysis of systems change centre around the nature and role of ‘governance’ of that change, the very concept of governance continues to be empirically and normatively indeterminate and ill-defined. This paper aims at developing the building blocks for a theory on the
    governance of change of socio-technical and innovation systems (ST&I systems). In so doing, it fills a gap in the existing literature. Taking the starting point from a workable concept of governance of change with normative but especially with
    analytical dimensions, the paper identifies four pillars as building blocks for a theoretical explanation of the governance of change in these complex systems. These pillars focus on the opportunity structures & capable agents, governance instrumentation, democratic legitimacy, and learning & reflexivity within the
    system. These pillars are the theoretical foundations from which a set of specific assumptions will be developed. This will form a consistent analytical framework to be applied in further empirical work.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2012
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventThe 4S/EASST Joint Conference 2012: Design and displacement: Social Studies of Science and Technology - Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark
    Duration: 17 Oct 201220 Oct 2012
    Conference number: 2012
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    Conference

    ConferenceThe 4S/EASST Joint Conference 2012
    Number2012
    LocationCopenhagen Business School
    CountryDenmark
    CityFrederiksberg
    Period17/10/201220/10/2012
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    Borrás, S., & Edler, J. (2012). Governance of Change in Socio-technical and Innovation. Abstract from The 4S/EASST Joint Conference 2012, Frederiksberg, Denmark.
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