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Network evolution and the embedding of complex technical solutions: The case of the Leaf House network
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History, Science and Technology Studies Center.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Mathematics, Analysis and Applied Mathematics.
2011 (English)In: Industrial Marketing Management, ISSN 0019-8501, E-ISSN 1873-2062, Vol. 40, no 6, 838-852 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the connection between network evolution and technology embedding. To this end, we performed an exploratory case study of the network surrounding an eco-sustainable technology, Leaf House, Italy's first zero-carbon emission house. We apply theories on technological development within industrial networks, with a specific focus on their resource layer and on the three settings involved in embedding an innovation: “developing”, “producing”, and “using”. Our results contribute to these theories by developing four propositions on the connections between network evolution and embedding: first, technology embedding entails both downstream network expansion and upstream restrictions. Secondly, conflicts among actors increase as technology embedding approaches the producing and using settings. Third and fourth, the more the shapes a technology can assume, and the more each of these shapes involves actors acting in different settings, the easier it is to embed it. The paper concludes with managerial implications and suggestions for further research.

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2011. Vol. 40, no 6, 838-852 p.
Keyword [en]
Industrial networks, Network evolution, Technology embedding, Resources, Eco-sustainability
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Business Administration Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Engineering Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-166298DOI: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2011.06.009ISI: 000295861700004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-166298DiVA: diva2:475929
Available from: 2012-01-11 Created: 2012-01-11 Last updated: 2012-05-07Bibliographically approved

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